Quilt#53 (Helmut Berger)Confessing Weakness Philip Gufler

Philipp Gufler

Opening Confesssing Weakness
12. 7. 24, 6 p.m.

Philipp Gufler’s works combine past and present strands of vulnerable life-worlds. His detailed study of images and stories, based on archives, radio and TV recordings, literature and pop culture, proves to be a sensitive strategy for exploring various kinds of relationships. He works with diverse narrations and media, such as silk-screen printing on fabric or mirrors, video-installations, performance and artist’s books.

The solo exhibition Confessing Weakness, in the Galerie Kunst im Traklhaus, brings together some of Gufler’s central works, in which – beyond simple attributions of roles and identity – he embarks on a careful examination of the socio-cultural mechanisms, as well as historical and political events, that stand for nonconformist sexuality and gender awareness. In his works, Gufler sees history and identity as dynamic concepts of fluctuating inscriptions and interrelations. Central to his praxis is a personal approach which, in his activist artistic exploration, deals specifically with the contradictions in the annalistic documentation of events and historical personalities. He also negotiates his own body as the subject of numerous inscriptions, and thus the risk of his own vulnerability.

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Galerie Kunst im Traklhaus
12. 7. 24, 6 p.m.

Philipp Gufler

Philipp Gufler researches questions of queer pictorial worlds and challenges Western historiography, in which heterosexuality and a binary gender system are the social norm. In his artistic praxis he uses various media, including silk-screen printing on fabrics or mirrors, artist's books, performances and video installations. In his quilts – an ongoing series of silk-screen prints – he makes reference to queer artists, academics and places of queer life which are not, or are hardly, visible in written memoires. The quilts become an alternative archive making room for cross-generational memories.

Philipp Gufler lives and work in Amsterdam and Munich. He studied at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts, and participated in residence programmes De Ateliers in Amsterdam (2015-17), Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in Maine (US) (2019), Delfina Foundation in London (2021) und Launch Pad LaB in Champagne-Mouton (FR) (2023). Since 2013 he has been an active member of the self-organised forum Queer Archive Munich (DE).

He co-curated the exhibitions Exzentrische 80er: Tabea Blumenschein, Hilka Nordhausen, Rabe perplexum und Kompliz*innen aus dem Jetzt in Lothringer 13, Munich; Kunsthaus Hamburg (DE); Galerie Nord | Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin, and organised the exhibition Substitutes in W139 in Amsterdam.


Selected solo exhibitions
2024 Dis/Identification, Kunsthalle Mainz (DE). 2023Brandhorst Fall Commission, Museum Brandhorst, Munich. 2022Unterwerfungen, Kunstraum der Leuphana Universität, Lüneburg (DE). 2020Autoerotismus, Kevin Space, Vienna. It is getting alive, BQ, Berlin. 2019 Pleasure Pain, Marwan, Amsterdam.

Selected group exhibitions
2024 Soft Power, DAS MINSK, Potsdam (DE). 2023Tulca Festival of Visual Arts, Galway (IE). Actually, the Dead Are Not Dead, Part III, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart (DE). 2022 To Be Seen. Queer Lives 1900 - 1950, NS-Dokumentationszentrum, Munich. 2021 Sweat, Haus der Kunst, Munich. 2020Andere Geschiedenis volgens Dirkje Kuik en Philipp Gufler, Centraal Museum, Utrecht (NL). 2019 Liebe und Ethnologie, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. Maskulinitäten, Kunstverein Düsseldorf. 2017 Bei Cosy, Rongwrong, Amsterdam.


Artist's books/Publications
2023 Cosy bei Cosy. 2023 A Shrine To Aphrodite. 2020 Quilt #01–#30. 2020 Lana Kaiser. 2017 I Wanna Give You Devotion. 2017 Indirekte Berührung. 2014/2021 Projektion auf die Krise.
Philipp Gufler first monograph will be published in June 2024, including texts by Karolina Kühn, Louwrien Wijers and Yasmin Afschar.