*1968 in Remscheid, Germany
Lives in Berlin and London, works with photography, video and installation
About the Work
Tillmans' photographic work has often been described as chronicling the "Generation X" subculture of the 1990s, a time when young artists strove to set themselves apart from the mainstream and its expectations and norms. His work does not simply document that emerging generation: it appropriates from it a whole photographic vocabulary.
His overriding aim is to show that different lifestyles, a different economy of dreams and desires and even a different circulation of capital are all still possible despite the hegemony of establishment culture and economics. He pursues this aim by giving equal importance to the artists Gilbert & George, club kids, landscapes, a pair of trousers, stained T-shirts, a chair, Concorde and Kate Moss.