Thomas Galler :Palm trees — Sunsets — Turmoil

(20.10-19.11.2015, Photogarphy dept Gallery, Bezalel, Mt Scopus Campus, )

Bezalel Photography Prize winner 2015


The artistic work of Thomas Galler (b. 1970, Baden, Switzerland) deals with the appropriation of media images and questions the context of representation, power and propaganda. His work is usually based on collections/archives of jpegs and video footage, and documents. The current exhibition presents two bodies of work by the artist: Bright Star and The Sunsets Series.

Bright Star, 2012

40-part series, collected jpegs from the World Wide Web
Inkjet prints, each 30 x 40 cm
Bright Star consist of a series of postcards, which were produced during an artist recidency in cairo, 2010. "Bright Star" appropriates images of army jets and helicopters in front of the great pyramids of giza, which were originally made by the propaganda departements of the egyptian and the u.s. army. and reflects with an ironic attitude on this military cooperation, rooted in the camp david accords of 1979.  the postcards were distributed by a few souvenir shops in downtown cairo and the cairo documenta which opened end of december just a few weeks before the revolution. Operation Bright Star is rooted in the Camp David Accords of 1979. After its signing, the military forces of Egypt and the United States started to conduct coalition training in Egypt. The exercises began in 1980 and were centered at the Cairo West Air Base. During the period following the liberation of Kuwait (Operation Desert Storm), the exercises have grown larger and have included allied nations like the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, the Netherlands, Jordan, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. In connection with the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 and the resulting political tensions, Operation Bright Star had been cancelled until further notice.

The Sunsets Series, 2011—2015
A series of collected jpegs from the World Wide Web,
originally taken by soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq
Inkjet prints, various sizes
The Sunsets Series is an ongoing collection which contents about 5000 jpegs of sunsets. These pictures have originally been captured by soldiers, deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq and were published on imagehosters like flickr.com, panoramio.com, etc.