For the first time in a solo museum exhibition in Germany, the Museum für Photographie presents important groups of works from the extensive photographic work of Stephen Gill (*1971 in Bristol, lives in London and Sweden).
Stephen Gill, who has already had solo exhibitions at the renowned London Photographers' Gallery, the Photography Museum FOAM in Amsterdam and in France and was presented in 2011 with a larger group of works in the Sprengel Museum in the exhibition "Photography Calling", is one of the artists that can be described in some ways as photo researchers. He lived for a long time in Hackney Wick - East London. A district that is a typical example of structural change in large cities and has been changing from a social peripheral area to a district with creative impulses and coveted living space for several years. For Stephen Gill, Hackney Wick became an artistic inspiration for many of his photographic works and also his photo book projects, which are published under the title Nobody Books. At first, documentary series such as Day Return, Trolley Portraits, Billboards, or Hackney Wick were created. In the recurring moments of the daily urban life of a population with different social and ethnic backgrounds and everyday moments that can be rather rough and unimportant, Stephen Gill's photographs reveal their own aura and imagery.
After these series, the district became the starting point for a multitude of image experiments for Stephen Gill. For the group of works Buried, for example, he buried his pictorial material in the earth. Finds were the starting point for the series Talking to Ants with their own camera construction, while Hackney Flowers' pictures oscillate between still life and collage.
Stephen Gill is - as his works of the past years and his approach could be described - a documentary artist, a collector, a researcher and an image researcher. This makes his work so exciting and offers levels of communication to a wide audience. With the first overview exhibition in Germany, the Museum für Photographie Braunschweig provides a special insight with an accompanying programme.
In addition to the photographic works, Stephen Gill's photo books from his series of Nobody Books will be shown in a special production by ThePhotoBookMuseum in parallel at the halle267 - städtische galerie braunschweig from 29 April to 27 May. The view of Stephen Gill's books is supplemented by a selection of photo book projects currently being developed at the art colleges HBG Leipzig, HFBK Hamburg, Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, HBK Braunschweig, Folkwang Universität der Künste and Weißensee Kunsthochschule.
The current book Night Processions by Stephen Gill, which was published in 2017, is presented as a projection in its own room presentation. Findings from the artist's archive, who now lives with his family in Sweden, will also be on display.