The New Social Environment#679

Wolfgang Tillmans: To look without fear

Featuring Tillmans and McKenzie Wark, with Isis Awad


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Photographer Wolfgang Tillmans joins Rail contributor McKenzie Wark for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Isis Awad.

In this talk

Visit Wolfgang Tillmans: To look without fear, on view at MoMA through January 1, 2023 →

Wolfgang Tillmans

Portrait of Wolfgang Tillmans by Phong H. Bui
Portrait by Phong H. Bui
Few artists have shaped the scope of contemporary art and influenced a younger generation more than Wolfgang Tillmans. Since the early 1990s, his works have epitomized a new kind of subjectivity in photography, pairing intimacy and playfulness with social critique and the persistent questioning of existing values and hierarchies. Through his seamless integration of genres, subjects, techniques, and exhibition strategies, he has expanded conventional ways of approaching the medium and his practice continues to address the fundamental question of what it means to create pictures in an increasingly image-saturated world.

McKenzie Wark

McKenzie Wark
Photo credit: Z. Walsh
McKenzie Wark is the author of Reverse Cowgirl (Semiotexte), among other things. Her book Raving was published this year by Duke University Press.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Isis Awad reading.

Isis Awad

A photo of Isis Awad
Isis Awad is a curator, writer, and poet based in Brooklyn, New York. She is the Founding Director of Executive Care*, an art organization at the service of trans and queer artists of color from performance and nightlife communities.

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