Focusing on photography, Philip Gaisser‘s complex use of media and the incorporation of cross-references indicates a media-specific discourse characteristic of his approach. Embedding the individual images in installational contexts, he creates formal analogies between them, some of which are comprehensible on the level of content, while others are owed to free association, producing arrangements of motifs that lend themselves to multiple readings.
Landscapes or motifs associable with landscape are repeatedly found in his work. A stereoscopic concept of perception, reading a landscape by means of a
spatial process, is what defines the sculptural approach of this photography.
The production of images thus always also includes a reference back to the image‘s own qualities as a medium and the material reality of the means of representation. In many of these images the intriguing congruence between figure and background inserts an artistic moment into the pictured nature and visually narrates the found landscape as a construction. That is a characteristic of his photography: for all their documentary-like objectivity, there is always a directed ambivalence targeted at the image's cultural perspectives.
Philip Gaisser was born 1980 in Hamburg, Germany. He studied at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg (HFBK). He lives in Hamburg and Leipzig and is currently working as professor for photography at Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle. Gaisser has recently been awarded a grant by the German Academy Rome Villa Massimo for Casa Baldi in Olevano Romano, Italy (autumn 2017).