Polly Brown


The finality of fixing something by giving it a name...
by Polly Brown and Philippe Karrer

64 pages, 32 photographs
21 × 29.7 cm, Softcover
Edition of 500

First edition – Sept 2017

This collaboration between photographer Polly Brown and graphic designer Philippe Karrer documents a series of ‘performances’, interventions and observations that took place in a number of commercial and public galleries in London throughout the summer of 2017. Using the contemporary art gallery as a stage for a series of irreverent disruptions claimed as performances, Brown and Karrer subtly point at and play with the functioning motifs of gallery infrastructure – Endless Helvetica wayfinding signage, blinking overhead CCTV, a discarded press release, unclipped velvet rope partitions, the bored invigilator and the ubiquitous imposing gallery ‘welcome’ desk.

A text composed using sentences from the featured galleries’ press releases accompanies the photographic series. It is created using the cut-up-method, a technique pioneered by the Dadaists and writer William S. Burroughs.