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Philipp Gufler: Gauweilereien

17. August 2014 – 3. September 2014

Opening on 16 August at 7 pm with the artist


Curator: Michael Fürst


Philipp Gufler: Gauweilereien

From 17 August to 3 September, we’re showing Philipp Gufler’s video installation “Projection on the Crisis (Gauweilerisms in Munich)” and artist book of the same name. In the two works, the artist delivers a kaleidoscopic review of the early stages of the AIDS crisis in Munich in the 1980s. The video piece transports viewers into a classic “White Cube”, where Gufler presents documents from the archive at the Forum Homosexualität München e.V. in chronological order. Peter Gauweiler, former State Secretary of Bavaria, responded to the emerging AIDS epidemic with a “Catalogue of Measures” containing proposals as drastic as they were shocking. Gauweiler’s catalogue didn’t foreground the prevention of the illness, but rather the ostracism and ultimately elimination of the “germ carriers” – meaning sex workers of all genders and homosexuals. Gufler counters these resentments with the emancipatory battle calls of the Munich gay and lesbian movement, painting an oscillating picture of the history of Munich and, with it, Germany.

Along with the video installation, the exhibition includes new works by Gufler, including screen prints on fabric from the series “Quilt” and epoxied text collages on August von Platen, the latter conceived especially for this show.

The series “Quilt” is an homage to people who died of AIDS. In the 1980’s, AIDS had ceased to be just a medical issue, and had become far more an issue of social politics and everyday homophobia. In June of 1987, the memorial project “NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt” was initiated in San Francisco, to create a form for community mourning which was neither public nor private, but something in between, and through it, to keep the dead from being forgotten. “The stuff of the quilts, consisting various materials, and their repurposed form of valediction, these both follow the principles of repetition and seriality, aggregation and interruption.” (Gürsoy Doğtaş)

Hubert Fichte’s book “Deiner Umarmung süßer Sehnsucht“ on the writer August von Platen (1796-1835) constitutes one point of departure for the epoxied text collages. The text, which does not stick to any one form or chronological narrative, engenders leaps between perspectives and points in time which allow for various layers of meaning and identification.

Philipp Gufler (*1989) lives in Munich. His work covers a wide range of media and forms (print graphics, performance, video installation, etc.). He studied at the Munich Academy of Fine Art, the Karlsruhe School of Design and the University of Amsterdam.

All works courtesy Galerie Françoise Heitsch, Munich.

The show opens on Saturday, 16 August at 7 pm, with the artist.

On 19 August at 7 pm, there will be a discussion between the artist and the art historian Kerstin Stakemeier.

The exhibition closes with a finissage on 3 September from 7 to 10 pm. Special guests: DJ Problemi and Lisa Schairer.