Opening this Saturday at The Serpentine Gallery in London is Wolfgang Tillmans’ first major exhibition in London since 2003.
The show, conceived by Tillmans for the Serpentine, will present his figurative and abstract work from the last ten years.
Over the past 20 years, Tillmans has redefined photography and the way it is presented. Known in the early 1990s for his seemingly casual images of the world he inhabited, his work reassessed photographic conventions and reflected the culture and identity politics of the time, capturing the fragility of human life and focusing on everyday objects.
His work has always engaged with portraiture, landscape, and still life, but more recently Tillmans has turned to a deeper exploration of abstraction, and has pushed the boundaries and definitions of the photographic form.
The wide-ranging themes in Tillmans’ photographs are reconfigured with each site-specific installation.
In this new exhibition, explorations into abstraction sit alongside a renewed focus on the figurative – a focus that is increasingly informed by recent colour-saturated works and experiments with process.
Referring to his approach to installation, Tillmans has commented that in creating these "constellations of pictures, I try to approximate the way I see the world, not in a linear order but as a multitude of parallel experiences. Multiple singularities, simultaneously accessible as they share the same space or room".
Catch it until the 19th of September 2010.