Wolfgang Tillmans in conversation with Marko Milovanovic

AA Dialogues

Series: Directions
Date: Thursday 4 October 2018
Time: 18:30
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 107 mins

From photography to sound, Wolfgang Tillmans unravels layers of consciousness, his and ours. To me, discovering his work was an experience I can only compare to a self-discovery. Like in every self-discovery, we don’t immediately connect to everything we see and not everything is instantly relevant. Some things we refuse, some we aggressively confront. Some images come back to us later or appear in a chaotic dream. Or in hot summer when we bite a soft plum. From universe to politics, Wolfgang Tillmans is a spectator and a participant. From sex to an inkjet printer, there are no alternative truths to the fragility of existence.

 - Marko Milovanovic

Born in 1968 in Remscheid, Germany, Wolfgang Tillmans studied at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design in Bournemouth, UK from 1990 to 1992. He currently lives and works in Berlin and London. In 2000, Tillmans was the first photographer and first non-British artist to receive the Turner Prize. In 2015, he was awarded the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. In September 2018, Tillmans will be the recipient of the Kaiserring, the prestigious art prize awarded by the city of Goslar.

Since the early 1990s, Tillmans’s work has been the subject of prominent solo exhibitions at international institutions, with a major survey that toured through South America (2012–2013). In 2012/13, Kunsthalle Zürich and Les Rencontres d’Arles in France presented photographs from the artist’s latest body of work, Neue Welt. Also in 2012/13, Moderna Museet, Stockholm displayed a selection of works spanning twenty-five years; the show traveled to Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf. 

Since 2015 he had major shows, amongst others at the National Museum of Art in Osaka (2015), Serralves Museum in Porto (2016), Tate Modern in London (2017), Fondation Beyeler in Basel/Riehen (2017), Kunstverein in Hamburg (2017) and Carré d’Art – Musée d’art contemporain in Nîmes (2018). In 2018, Tillmans opened solo exhibitions at Musée d’Art Contemporain et de Multimédias in Kinshasa, at the Circle Art Gallery and GoDown Arts Centre Nairobi in Kenya and at the Johannesburg Art Gallery, the first stops of an exhibition tour of Africa and Asia organized by the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa).

Since the 1990s, Wolfgang Tillmans has produced numerous publications and editorials, nearly all conceived and designed by the artist himself. Since 2016, Wolfgang Tillmans has put renewed focus on his enduring interest in music, producing his own songs and music videos, as well as making live appearances as a musician and DJ. The artist has operated the non-profit exhibition space Between Bridges since 2006. First located in London until 2011. In January 2014, it reopened in Berlin.

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The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

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