The Caligo installation, realised in the form of a seven-metre suspended photobook, tells the fictional story of a group of humans escaping climate catastrophe, who seek asylum on another planet, a utopian environment reminiscent of Eden. Gareth Phillips is a photographer exploring contemporary definitions of the photobook, experimenting with them as objects, sculptures and installations. The practitioner utilises artistic freedom to explore the boundaries of expected photobook landscapes. Caligo is a direct creative response to the climate emergency that pervades the present, as well as an attempt to reimagine definitions of the photobook.
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Image Credit: Gareth Phillips, Caligo, (2022-2023). Installation view. Photography Department at Swansea College of Art, UWTSD.