A New Language of Photography
November 25, 2011
Photographs by German artist Wolfgang Tillmans are on display at the Zachęta Gallery in Warsaw as part of the Culture of North Rhine-Westphalia Season.
In his work, Tillmans documents some of the most important cultural phenomena of the 1980s and 1990s, such as the emerging club scene, Love Parades and the gay community. His pictures are a bizarre blend of reportage and fashion photography. He frequently makes installations from his works which go far beyond traditional ways of presenting photography. Tillmans became widely known when he was the first non-British artist and photographer to win the prestigious Turner Prize in 2000.
Tillmans is constantly seeking new subjects for his photographs. These range from portraits to interiors, landscapes, still life and abstract photography. He also explores the very process of taking photographs. He constantly tests the boundaries of this art form and experiments with different ways of presenting pictures to the public, combining various types of photography, different formats and materials. The result is a new language of photography.
Tillmans created the latest exhibition specially for the Zachęta Gallery. The exhibition features subjects and photographic themes that he has been preoccupied with over the past decade, including abstract photography from the Paper Drops and Freischwimmer series and a selection of his latest pictures, entitled Weltbilder. Visitors to the gallery can also see five videos by Tillmans and “truth study center tables”—table-top installations which, something like an archive, combine photographs with press cuttings, photocopies, offset prints and flyers.
On display until January
Zachęta National Art Gallery
3 Małachowskiego Sq.
tel. 22 827-58-54