01 My practice represents a microcosm of collective memory, visually encapsulating a range of cultural, literary, and philosophical concepts—in particular mysticism about desire, power, or pain associated with material culture.
02 The resulting body of work encompasses installation, film, video, garments, sculpture, and an array of works on paper such as prints and photographs. The physical elements of my practice—from 16mm and 35mm film, metal, found objects to textiles—can be seen as an effort to allow a more intuitive and moment-driven approach that determines the path of each piece. Specially spread out, I revisit aspects of the work repeatedly to organize rhythm, texture, and structure in the process.
03 I regularly return to the public space as a site for architectural interventions and installations, convinced that society is constituted by the environment it creates. Inside and outside, exclusion and inclusion are inextricably linked in this hermeneutic approach. While my home town is a testament to how places historically were torn between spheres of political interest, modern mass culture has led me to investigate the mediation of places through media.
04. Currently: MFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Groth's practice is preoccupied with the conditions under which economic, sexual and cultural relationships have tangible effects on the fortunes of individuals. Across mediums, with a focus on moving image and installation, he examines routines, systems and rituals by which we cope with these fortunes in oder to investigate what it means to be a character and what it means to have story. Relationships between space and narrative, human body and environment as well as time and memory are enduring themes in his work. Groth graduated with distinction from the University of the Arts London and continued his studies in the MFA Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, which awarded him the Dean Professional Development Award in 2021.
Recent solo and group exhibitions include Koenig Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, Tate Modern Turbin Hall, London, United Kingdom, Goethe Institute, Chicago, United States, Koenig Galerie, Berlin, Germany, Tribeca Film Center, New York, United States. Collaborators include the David Lynch Foundation, Los Angeles, the Festival of Disruption, Louis Vuitton’s Artistic Director Virgil Abloh, 032c Magazine and Flash Art Magazine among others. His film works have been screened at institutions such as the International Short Film Festival Riga, Experimental Film Festival New York City, the Goethe Institute of Chicago, the St. Agnes Church in Berlin as well as the MCM Tower in Ginza.
Philipp Groth is a conceptual artist, film director and educator at the University of Applied Science, Design Academy in Berlin. He was born at the German-French boarder and lives and works in Chicago and Berlin.