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Exhibition | The Abysm by Gareth Phillips

We are delighted to share that Abysm, a book installation by Gareth Phillips will be installed at College Street Gallery, Swansea, opening on Friday November the 26th, followed by a second opening on Saturday 27th of November, 5pm.

Using the overlooked importance of the photo book dummy and temporality of installation, The Abysm, by Gareth Phillips, will showcase three editions of the same work in vastly different iterations. The photo book dummies, containing continuous re workings of narrative, mimic the arduous journey that both author and protagonist have endured whilst creating this work. This temporary ‘library’ within the gallery is an installation of all the photo book dummies created in relation to this ongoing body of work.

Book Description

“The Abysm is the onset of a life-threatening disease. It is the spectacle of witness. It is the blizzard of historical indecision. It is the algid recess of memory. It is the admission of regret. It is the search for atonement. It is the finished edition. It is the father and son”.

Based in Cardiff, UK, Gareth Phillips is an established photographer working predominately in the medium of photo books and installation. He has an extensive international exhibition history and continues to work with clients such as Saatchi & Saatchi, The Guardian, Sunday Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal & FT Weekend Magazine. He graduated in the 2007 class of Documentary Photography at The University of Wales, Newport, and his work has been recognised in numerous awards. A selection of his work now resides in the David Hurn Collection of the National Museum of Wales.


Exhibition Details:

Private View: Friday 26th of November, 5 pm - late, followed by drinks at Elysium Gallery & Art Bar.

Saturday 27th of November, 5 pm - late.

Talk: Gareth Phillips in Conversation with Bartosz Nowicki

Photographer Gareth Phillips discusses the thoughts and ideas behind his latest book installation 'The Abysm' with photographer and researcher Bartosz Nowicki.

Booking is advised. This Event is also virtually accessible via Zoom.

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The exhibition then continues till December 4th.

Gallery Open: Wed - Sat, 12pm -4 pm.

Address: College Street Gallery.

16 College Street,


SA1 5AE.

The gallery is currently only accessible by stairs. To ask questions about accessibility or to request accommodations to fully participate in the event please contact Abby via

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This exhibition is supported by Elysium Gallery.

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