Wolfgang Tillmans: Pictures from New World
18 February – 7 August 2016
Free to all
A display of observational works by the photographic artist who says he takes pictures 'in order to see the world'.
Over the period of more than two decades, Wolfgang Tillmans has explored the medium of photo-imaging with greater range than any other artist of his generation. From snapshots of his friends to abstract images made in a darkroom without a camera or works made with a photocopier, he has pushed the photographic process to its outer limits in countless ways.
This presentation of works comes from his series Neue Welt (New World), for which he turned away from the self-reflexive exploration of the photography medium that had occupied him for several years by focusing his lens on the outside world, travelling from London and Nottingham to Tierra del Fuego, Tasmania, Saudi Arabia and Papua New Guinea. (It also marks the first time he used a digital camera.)
But Neue Welt isn't so much a travelogue or an ethnography as much as a photographic document of our times: the interior of a Jury’s Inn hotel nestles next to a glossy starscape in a juxtaposition that feels, nevertheless, perfectly natural.
In fact Neue Welt is littered with diverse images that are fearlessly juxtaposed. On the surface they seem to examine and reveal nothing, but through a complex interplay of abstraction and fanatic attention to themes and details, Tillmans weaves an intricate web of relations.