A TREE IS BEST MEASURED WHEN IT IS DOWN 2015
Research for a museum project in Manchester has led Gallant to focus on the parallels in the construction of Britain and Germany’s national identities; forged through the culture of Romanticism, folk art and mythology. The drawings depict the historical appropriation of this strong iconography to carry through the Third Reich’s ideology: The portraits of fifteen key members of the ruling party disappear into fifteen Sylvanian landscapes.
The paintings are by Carl Blechen, Gustav Carus, Johan Christian Dahl
Casper David Friedrich, Joseph Anton Koch and Karl Schinkel. The titles come from Goethe’s novels and plays.
The Wannsee Conference was a meeting of senior officials of Nazi Germany, held in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee on 20 January 1942. The purpose of the conference, called by director of the SS-Reichssicherheitshauptamt (Reich Main Security Office; RSHA) SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich, was to ensure the cooperation of administrative leaders of various government departments in the implementation of the final solution to the Jewish question, whereby most of the Jews of German-occupied Europe would be deported to Poland and exterminated.