wolfgang tillmans' new exhibition will address the borders around us

The show opens in London later this week, in the run up to the vote on Britain’s membership of the EU.

by Matthew Whitehouse
06 June 2016, 3:48pm

Wolfgang Tillmans, The State We're In, A, 2015. © Wolfgang Tillmans, courtesy Maureen Paley, London.

A new exhibition by Wolfgang Tillmans is set to open at London's Maureen Paley gallery this Thursday, June 9. Open until the end of July, the solo presentation will feature new and previously unseen work by the German photographer, with particular focus on the visible and invisible borders around us.

The long-time i-D collaborator — Tillmans' first photographs in the magazine were of Hamburg nightclubbers back in 1989 — recently created a series of posters with the aim of inspiring young voters to register for the EU referendum ahead of tomorrow's deadline (June 7). The exhibition will continue the strong theme of internationalism in his work, with a large unframed print of The State We're In, documenting the open water of the Atlantic where international time lines and borders intersect.

Today, we're inviting friends, family, and followers of i-D to be shot wearing t-shirts of Tillmans' posters as we take over Protein Studios in east London until 3pm. Ahead of the exhibition opening, come along and talk about the EU referendum, straight up!

You can see the series of posters and read Wolfgang's thoughts in full on his website, and register to vote on the Government website.


Text Matthew Whitehouse

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