On now at the Tate Modern in London is the gallery’s first exhibition of German artist Wolfgang Tillmans.
Tillmans is renowned for his honest portrayal of the world in which he lives. Part abstract, part political, his work surveys a variety of subject matters offering what appears as a stark, and seemingly ambivalent commentary. His untreated practice encompasses a wide range of genres including portraits, landscapes, still-lifes and sky photographs that individually intrigue and collectively draw comparisons and create conversation. Tillman is noted for stating that he takes pictures in order to see the world, and his work very much feels like this, observational and discerning but in a very ordinary kind of way.
His installation at the Tate Modern follows his signature installation set up that includes images at three sizes - some disposal reproductions, others signed originals - alongside video, digital slide projections, publications and recorded music. The exhibition’s point of departure is the year 2003, a year that saw the invasion of Iraq and the subsequent anti-war demonstrations. Tillman uses this historic moment to represent a moment the world changed, an intention that shows the artist’s deep social and political resolve that runs throughout his work.
Complimentary to the exhibition, Tillmans also takes over the south Tank for ten days with an immersive video and music installation exploring the audible capabilities of the space.
For those of us not close enough to see the show in person, Tillmans has opened up the exhibition via an interactive slideshow on his website. It allows access to navigate throughout the installation giving the viewer the opportunity to discover his work presented as a conversation as the artist intended. You can find that by heading here.