Wolfgang Tillmans’s exhibits at the Tate Modern for the first time, and brings together works in a variety of media, from photographs, video, digital slide projections, publications, curatorial projects and recorded music – all staged by the artist in characteristically innovative style.
The year 2003 is the exhibition’s point of departure, representing for Tillmans the moment the world changed, with the invasion of Iraq and anti-war demonstrations. The social and political form a rich vein throughout the artist’s work.
Alongside portraiture, landscape and intimate still lifes, Tillmans pushes the boundaries of the photographic form in abstract artworks that range from the sculptural to the immersive.
German-born, international in outlook and exhibited around the world, Tillmans spent many years in the UK and is currently based in Berlin. In 2000, he was the first photographer and first non-British artist to receive the Turner Prize.
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Photo Credit: Wolfgang Tillmans, Greifbar 29 2014 © Wolfgang Tillmans