Photo Essay

“Ellöh“ is an artistic installation that explores the complex relationship between lifeand death. The reverse of the German word ‘Hölle‘ [‘Hell‘], ’Ellöh‘ captures thepervading nature of death into all forms of life. Not only that death has its special wayof insinuating itself in life manifestations and coexist with life, but it can engage lifeinto a mutual fostering relation. Thus, death and decay manifest their physicality andinsinuate themselves in various life forms, but also would coexist with life andsometimes even nurture reciprocally.

In Martin Heidegger’s philosophy, the significance that death holds upon humanexistence becomes central to elucidate the ontological question. According to theGerman thinker, when facing his own death, the individual faces his authentic self. It isonly in the presence of death that the human existence would reveal itself in itswholeness and the concept of being can be fully understood.

But how facing death can take place in a world in which death follows and shades anythrill of life, grows on life and makes life growing on itself? If redemption can lead yourexit way from hell, is there any exit from the hell overturned into our daily lives? How can we escape “Ellöh“?


The exhibition runs 13 August – 08 September 2014 at Outer Space/ Verge Gallery.

Gallery address and hours:
Jane Foss Russell Plaza,
City Road, DarlingtonT (02) 9563 6218
Opening hours: 10am – 5pm weekdays.


The “7 Days of Garbage” series signed by photographer Gregg Segal explores waste issues within the American contemporary culture by immortalising people from various wallowing in a week’s worth of their waste.

7 Days of Garbage is a series of portraits of friends, neighbors, and other acquaintances with the garbage they accumulate in the course of a week. Subjects are photographed surrounded by their trash in a setting that is part nest, part archeological record. We’ve made our bed and in it we lie.

As Segal confessed to the Slate, some participants “edited” their garbage 🙂