Saturday, March 7, 2015

Wolfgang Tillmans - Wins 2015 Hasselblad Award

The Hasselblad Foundation has announced that German artist Wolfgang Tillmans is the recipient of the 2015 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography for the sum of SEK 1,000,000 (approximately EUR 110,000). The award ceremony takes place in Gothenburg on November 30, 2015. On December 1 an exhibition of Tillmans's work will open at the Hasselblad Center, Sweden. On the same day, the Hasselblad Foundation will host a symposium with the award winner, and a new book by Tillmans will be released.

The Foundation's citation regarding the 2015 Award winner Wolfgang Tillmans: Wolfgang Tillmans has established himself among the most original and innovative artists of his generation, constantly pushing the photographic medium in new directions. His practice has covered subjects of pressing political and social importance since the 1990s, reflecting both directly and indirectly on the power of the photographic image to engage critically with the world around us. Furthermore, Tillmans has transformed the understanding of photographic exhibition making through his daring and original installations, playing with scale, formats, framing and presentation to produce immersive experiences that have inspired subsequent generations of artists.

This year's award committee, which submitted its proposal to the Foundation's board of directors, consisted of: Simon Baker, chair, Curator of Photography, Tate Modern, London; Irina Chmyreva, Senior Curator, Project in Support for Photography in Russia, IRIS Foundation, Moscow; Katerina Gregos, independent curator and Artistic Director, Art Brussels; Roberto Koch, Publisher, Contrasto Books, Rome and Milan Roxana Marcoci, Senior Curator of Photography, the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

The Hasselblad Award winners of the past five years are: 2014: Ishiuchi Miyako, Japan 2013: Joan Fontcuberta, Spain 2012: Paul Graham, Great Britain / USA 2011: Walid Raad, Lebanon / USA 2010: Sophie Calle, France.

The Hasselblad Foundation was established in 1979 under the terms of the last will and testament of Dr. Victor Hasselblad and his wife Erna. The purpose of the Foundation is to promote scientific education and research in photography and the natural sciences. The Foundation's annual international award for outstanding achievement in photography, awarded in 2015 to Wolfgang Tillmans, is considered the most important photography prize worldwide.

You can see more of Tillmans' work on his website HERE.

Affinity, Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, 18 Jan - 15 Mar 2014
8th Berlin Biennale, Ethnologisches Museum Dahlem, Berlin,
 29 May - 03 Aug 2014
Ausweitung der Kampfzone. 1968-2000. Die Sammlung Teil 3,
 Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin,  08 Nov 2013 - 31 Dec 2014

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