I’m sure you are also following with horror the rightwards drift and anti-EU sentiment brewing across Europe. The Dutch referendum should be the final wake-up call, alerting people to the real risk of the UK’s EU referendum resulting in a victory for Leave.
The official ‘Remain’ campaign feels lame and is lacking in passion. It also lacks an active drive to get voters registered – and with the deadline already falling two weeks before the referendum, this should be an urgent priority.
I want to get involved and actively campaign. In particular, I want to work towards maximizing turnout among younger voters by focusing on the first, crucial step: voter registration – the deadline for which is June 7! So anyone who hasn’t registered before this date has no chance of having a say, no matter how strongly they feel about the issue. So the really crucial date is June 7. Everyone’s grannies registered their vote long ago, but students no longer get automatically registered by their unis. This is because of a new law brought in by the Conservatives that makes it possible for them to disenfranchise up to 800,000 students, who as a group tend to move around a lot more and so drop off the voter register easily.
I feel that we have reached a critical moment that could prove to be a turning point for Europe as we know and enjoy it – one that might result in a cascade of problematic consequences and political fall-out. Firstly, the weakening of the EU is a goal being actively pursued by strongmen like Vladimir Putin and European parties on the far-right. Brexit could effectively spell the end of the EU. It’s a flawed and problematic institution, but on the whole it stands for a democratic worldview, human rights and favours cooperation over confrontation.
It could prove to be a one-in-a-generation moment. Can you imagine the years of renegotiations for undoing treaties, and all the negativity that would surround that.
In the past weeks myself and assistants at my London and Berlin studios and Between Bridges worked on these texts and designs. Please feel free to share these posters, they work as print your own PDFs, or on social media, or in any other way you can think of. I consider them open-source, you can take my name tag off if more appropriate.
Let’s hope for the best - but hope may not be enough
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Wolfgang Tillmans, ¿dónde estamos?, 2016
Sonora128, Mexico City, 1 Mar – 31 May , 2016
Wolfgang Tillmans, House of Art of České Budějovice, Budweis, Czech Republic, 24 Nov - 28 Dec 2015
Various - Ostgut Ton | Zehn, 3xCD, compilation, 2015, cover artwork by Wolfgang Tillmans
PCR, David Zwirner, September - October 2015, New York, USA
This exhibition in the context of QueerFest in St. Petersburg was closed by the police and is now looking for an alternative space.
QueerFest is a unique human rights event. It was invented and implemented in order to create in the city places for a dialogue between the various parts of society in order to develop tolerance to the invisible and stigmatized groups. To fight against homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and xenophobia in general, festival chooses a language understandable to everyone - the language of culture, art and beauty.
i-D Magazine, the activist issue, no. 336, 2015
Spex, no. 361, Fade To Mind, 2015
Lignine Duress, Galerie Chantal Crousel, 18 Apr - 23 May 2015
Abstract Pictures (Collector's Edition), Hatje Cantz, 2011
Book for Architects, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 26 Jan - 05 Jul 2015
(Mis)Understanding Photography - Werke und Manifeste, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany, 14 Jun - 17 Aug 2014
Manifesta 10, The European Biennale of Contemporary Art, St. Petersburg, Russia, 28 Jun - 31 Oct 2014
artist book in a series of subscription books published by TBW Books, Oakland, California
Patrick Caulfield (1936 – 2005)
09.01.14 - 08.03.14
Between Bridges Keithstr 15, 10787 Berlin www.betweenbridges.net
Online Katalog, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (Deutsch) mit dem Text von Tom Holert, Das Unvorhergesehene
Wolfgang Tillmans "Kepler Venice tables – Edition für die Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen”
Kunst nach 45, Sammlungspräsentation / Collection display, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München, 2013
detailed documentation PDF download
Wolfgang Tillmans: Abstract Pictures (2011)
Texts by Dominic Eichler, Wolfgang Tillmans
Hardcover: 384 pages,
Publisher: Hatje Cantz
Language: English, Deutsch
Jochen Klein (2011)
Hardcover: 432 pages
British Art Show 7, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, 23 Oct 2010 - 9 Jan 2011