Few artists have shaped the scope of contemporary art and influenced a younger generation more than Wolfgang Tillmans. Throughout his career to this point, his works have been challenging the limits of image-making and ushered in a new kind of subjectivity in photography, combining intimacy and playfulness with social critique and the persistent questioning of existing values and hierarchies. The artist seamlessly integrates genres, subjects, techniques, and exhibition strategies without establishing any kind of hierarchy between them.
Ever since his early works focusing on the new social and cultural order emerging after the AIDS crisis and the fall of the Berlin Wall, his practice has been informed by strong political awareness. This approach also manifested in acts of openly taking a stand in certain political issues. In recent years, his political commitment has gone beyond the practice of image-making; and in the spirit of social activism and solidarity, Tillmans launched campaigns for several causes (eg. advocating against Brexit in 2016 and for an increased voter turnout in the European Election) organized by the Between Bridges foundation that he founded in 2017. The foundation supports the arts, LGBT+ rights and anti-racism work.
Wolfgang Tillmans was born in 1968 in Remscheid, Germany.
Wolfgang Tillmans: Your body is yours
Exhibition Dates: June 4th — July 18th, 2021
Trafó House of Contemporary Arts