Wolfgang Tilmanns talk art, life, and HIV

2012-184_juan_pablo_karl_chingaza_a4_1_1If you can only experience two art exhibitions this summer, you need to go to London – specifically, Tate Modern and Tate Britain. Marking the 50th year anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in the UK, Tate Britain recently opened the first art historical survey of queer British art, with a scope of the years 1861-1967. Across the river, sister institution Tate Modern has diven a huge solo exhibition to the German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans, who since his early years as an event photographer for youth fashion magazine i-D has depicted queer life in its most pluralistic; from love to loss, in sickness and in health, from the intimacy of the artist atelier to the glamor of the party stage, from activism to sex. In a recent interview with SHOWstudio, the sensitive visionaire lays it out, discussing for the first time working and living an an HIV+ gay man, and shares his thoughts on how to fight back in a time of political uncertainty.

Wolfgang Tillmans: 2017 @ Tate Modern

 

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