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Discussing a selection of works in the exhibition Rebuilding the Future by Wolfgang Tillmans, artist/photographer David Farrell presents an artist response on the materiality and conceptual strategies that have come to characterise the expanded field of photography practice in relation to Tillmans’ work.

Drawing on his own practice and interests in people and place, Farrell shares insights into Tillmans’ pioneering methodologies to making, curating and displaying prints as room installations and publications. Farrell discusses ways the artist increasingly experiments with image-making to dismantle how we may look, make and think about the physical photograph in the digital age.

About the Artist

Wolfgang Tillmans b.1968

Wolfgang Tillmans (b. Remscheid, Germany,1968) lives and works in Berlin and London. He graduated from Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design in 1992. He has won numerous awards including the Turner Prize, UK (2000), the Cultural award of the German Society for Photography (2009), the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography, Sweden (2015) and the Goslar Kaiserring Award, Germany (2018).
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About Speaker

David Farrell born Dublin (1961), read Chemistry at UCD graduating with a Ph.D in 1987. He has worked independently and on communion projects with Gogo Della Luna (Gudòk). Received the European Publishers Award for Photography in 2001 for Innocent Landscapes and has published three further books, Nè vicino nè lontano. A Lugo (2007), The Swallowing Tree (2014) and Before, During, After…Almost (2016). He has exhibited internationally including Houston FotoFest 2006, on four occasions at the Festival Internazionale di Fotografia, Rome and in China in 2008 and 2010. David Farrell – Elusive Moments a documentary by Donald Taylor Black (Poolbeg Productions) was premiered at the Cork Film Festival 2008 and was broadcast on Irish Television as part of The Look of the Irish series on Irish photography. In 2009/10 he documented his revisits to the sites of Innocent Landscapes and the ongoing renewed searches at some of these locations for those disappeared during the conflict in Northern Ireland. He has been awarded the Curtin/O’Donoghue Photography Award twice at the RHA annual exhibition in 2012 and 2016. Recent exhibitions include – Before, During, After…Almost, RHA in 2016, Post-Picturesque: Photographing Ireland, Carlton College, USA, March, 2017, A Name Unmade: Francis Ledwidge (1887-1917), Solstice Arts Centre, April, 2017 and the RHA Annual Exhibition, May, 2017. Gallery walk-through / 30mins & 10mins Q&A. David Farrell, Photographer, lecturer, IADT. For further details see here.

About Exhibition

Wolfgang Tillmans, Rebuilding the Future
26 October 2018 – 17 February 2019
Rebuilding the Future comprises over 100 works and captures Tillmans’ unique way of working. This new exhibition for IMMA mixes works from throughout his career and in numerous formats, installed in IMMA’s galleries in direct relation to the physical spaces and atmosphere of the museum. While primarily a lens-based artist, Tillmans also works in a variety of other media. The exhibition includes works on paper made with and without a camera, sound work, moving image works and installation. Also central to Tillmans’ practice is the prolific production of books, catalogues and magazine editorials, and more recently, live and recorded music. An immersive new sound work, I Want to Make a Film (2018), which engages with concerns over the speed and development of personal technology and its effects, is shown here at IMMA for the first time. Further details here