Berlin

  • 2000
  • Wolfgang Tillmans
  • Satiny chromogenic colour print
  • 171 x 242 cm
The scenes belong to the first stage in Tillmans’ work, in which he documents young people and parties during the 1990s. The unusual definition of the original photocopy, which has been re-photocopied here, gives it a grain similar to that of a screen print, and a flatness that echoes Warhol's work.

© Wolfgang Tillmans. Photo © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Argyroglo

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Wolfgang Tillmans

Wolfgang Tillmans emerged at the beginning of the 1990s as a photographer of a libertarian post-punk youth who listened to techno music.

At raves and gay gatherings, he captured – in large ink-jet prints, often unframed – the vulnerability of bodies, friends in informal poses, and individuals observed over a number of years in their personal lives. Using photography as social art, relating directly to reality, Tillmans builds empathy with his subjects. His art gets to the essential truth by paying close attention to the era. In doing so he revisits traditional genres: portraiture, still life and landscape. Tillmans has never stopped investigating photographic techniques. He enlarges and reframes his images using a copy machine, and creates abstract photographs in a dark room without a camera, simply using a light source. Since 1992 Tillmans has designed his exhibitions himself. Forming groups of photographs, hung on and stuck to the wall, or displayed on tables in no predefined order, he uses space as a laboratory in which collections of images reflect human communities.

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