Guy Tillim
Petros Village, Malawi, Girls at play, 2006

The South African photographer Guy Tillim defines his artistic approach at the delicate borderline between empathy and alienation. His travels through the countries of Africa are not dictated by pre-arranged goals. They seem to be guided by a quality of attention, unprejudiced at first, to the conditions and environments that people have brought about themselves, and that, equally, they are placed in. Tillim is not looking for the ‘correct’, the ‘successful’ motif, he lets the images find him, as it were, lets them come up to him so that he can then circle around them at the same time, deliberately, and then portray them. “Of course, there is always this: to change what is ugly and brutal into something sublime and redemptive. So I have photographs I like for reasons I have come to distrust.” (Guy Tillim) In February 2006 the African aid organisation “Dream” invited Guy Tillim to spend one week in Petros Village, Malawi. From the series of photographs that arose here, the artist has selected around 30 works for a book object of the same title, ten of which have been purchased for the Daimler Art Collection. In his photographs, Guy Tillim portrays everyday life in the small Petros Village, and with his analytical and emphatically penetrating gaze renders transparent the clichés of poverty and Aids in terms of their individually fateful nature.

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Africa 15 Artworks

Guy Tillim
Petros Village, Malawi, Bowls outside the house, 2006
Pigment print on cotton paper, Ed. 2/5
Guy Tillim
Petros Village Emily, Alefa, Gloria Banda und Muyeso Makawa. Petros Village, Malawi, 2006
Pigment print on cotton paper, Ed. 2/8 + 1AP
Guy Tillim
Petros Village, Malawi, Girls and bicycle, 2006
Pigment print on cotton paper, Ed. 2/5

Photography 108 Artworks

Uwe Seyl
Damenweg (chemin des dames), 1994
Gelatin silver print on baryta paper on alu dibond
Yang Fudong
The Coloured Sky: New Women II, 5 , 2014
Photography, color inkjet print on Hahnemühle ultra smooth paper 305 g
Maya Zack
Living Room no. 4, 2009
Anaglyph print, 2D, Ed. 2/5

Series 106 Artworks

Guy Tillim
Petros Village, Malawi, Boy undressing, 2006
Pigmentdruck auf Baumwollpapier, Aufl. 2/5
Guy Tillim
Petros Village, Chimombo Chikwahira. Malawi, 2006
Pigmentdruck auf Baumwollpapier, Aufl. 3/5 + 1AP
Andy Warhol
Mercedes-Benz Formel-Rennwagen W 125 (1937), 1986
Silkscreen, acrylic on canvas

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