Asking the question do government lie? The Golden Thread Gallery presents three small solo exhibitions by photographic artists Erik Kessels, Phillippe Chancel and Marc Lee. Each bringing their own visual perspective to a question that has a multitude of answers but is as relevant today as ever before


Jump trump

Erik Kessels – Thomas Mailaender

Here’s one you won’t want to miss, wholesome fun for everyone! This is the opportunity of a lifetime, the chance you didn’t know you’ve been waiting for. It’s time to take the leap and get the Jump on Trump. Get up in his face and tell him how you feel!


Kim Happiness

Philippe Chancel

Flash despotism comes across as a kind of harmless chromo. But is it permissible to enjoy the beauty of the images, knowing full well that the decor conceals the suffering of a people? Is it possible for the photographer to impose the sensitivity and lucidity of his eye?

Philippe Chancel raises the question of the ethics of an image, not one taken from the news and the media, but right from its creation. He responds to the simulacrum by using an epic style whose aim is to work against the ‘aestheticisation’ of power. How should one react to the sense of awe that the Korean spectacle is designed to provoke? 

Political Campaigns - Battle of Opinion on Social Media

Marc Lee

In recent months in Political Campaigns all over the world, the supporters of opposing parties have engaged in fiercely waged wars of images on social media. Elections have also long since ceased to be won on the street or in the traditional media— social networks have become the digital market place for political disputation.

This Interactive Net-Based TV Show, filters the latest Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube posts according to the leading candidates of the parties in political campaigns. The bot weaves the posts into a wild TV show (24/7) in which images, tweets, and videos flicker across the screen in real time. What counts today are the ‘Likes’ and ‘Retweets’ that migrate across the screen as icons in the colours of the combatants indicate their current online market value. While, as users of social networks, we only ever see variants of our own opinions mirrored back to us, Political Campaigns confronts us with a view beyond the bounds of these echo chambers. 


6 June – 30 July 2019

Opening: 6 June, 7pm

Venue: Golden Thread Gallery


Exhibition Funders:

Swiss Cultural Fund