On the occasion of the European Month of Photography 2010, Laura Mars Gallery presents the artist PHILIP WIEGARD in a solo exhibition. Wiegard (*1977) uses a wide range of media and stylistic methods. Well-defined positions and trends in art history, design and every-day life form the conceptual basis of his accurately staged works. In a number of works Wiegard has so far focussed on perspective and how it was used in different periods of art history, i.e. by artists such as de Chirico in his "pittura metafisica" as a precursor of surrealism.
In the exhibition Philip Wiegard will show new photography and collages that deal with physicalness and ideology, particularly the nudist (FKK), "lebensreform" and gymnastics movement.
An essential concern of these historical movements was the "return to nature" and the emphasis of the human body, as a natural complement to the experienced mechanisation of society. The positive connotation of nakedness was opposed to the contemporary concept of morality and initiated a demographic change, that was continued and popularized in the 1960s. Many ideas of the "lebensreform", like organic food, barefootedness and natural beauty, still define our today notion of naturalness. On the other hand the aesthetic evaluation of the human body also lay a foundation for the racist ideology of fascism.
The show will also deal with the contemporary reality of FKK and examines the conditions and taboos still linked to nakedness today.