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Phillip Toledano: The Day Will Come When Man Falls
HAMBURG, GERMANY  •  Deichtorhallen  •  19 June - 6 September 2015
The Deichtorhallen Hamburg is showing two exhibitions entitled The Day Will Come When Man Falls as part of the 6th Triennial of Photography. The exhibitions focus on various series of works by the London-born, New York photographer Phillip Toledano, who develops socially relevant and personal visions of the future. The show has been complemented by a showcase exhibition with some 50 portraits from the F.C. Gundlach Collection, the initiator of the Triennial of Photography in Hamburg.

Phillip Toledano deals with subjects that are firmly anchored in the inner landscape of everyday thoughts, but are often avoided, repressed, or completely blocked out. Old age and bidding farewell, submerged memories and those that are dragged to the surface, social isolation, and the possibilities of defying mortality through medical and technical advances: in his carefully and highly staged photographic series, Phillip Toledano deals with current issues that challenge us and often have a strongly confrontational effect.

In his series Days With My Father (2006–2009) Toledano presents a journal-like account of the last three years in the life of his father, who suffered from dementia.

The series Phonesex (2008–2009) portrays phone sex operators in the private surroundings of their apartments, which also function as their place of work. The accompanying interviews offer striking insights into their view of themselves and their creativity against the background of their illusory sexual complicity with the customer.

The protagonists in the series A New Kind of Beauty (2008–2010) have undergone deep and irreversible changes extending even to the complete reshaping of their entire body through plastic surgery. For his series Maybe (2011–2015) Toledano developed elaborate photographic scenarios and short film sequences in which he places himself in various situations and stages of life. The series is based on DNA tests and conversations with psychologists and fortunetellers about possible future developments and involved a team of makeup artists and acting lessons.

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