2015-11-30 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.
Freischwimmer 16, 2003, © Wolfgang Tillmans Courtesy Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne
The Hasselblad Foundation was established in 1979 in accordance with the last will and testament of Erna and Victor Hasselblad. The main aim of the Foundation is to promote research and academic teaching in the natural sciences and photography.This aim is achieved through the awarding of donations and grants for scientific research, an international award in photography, and scholarships and grants for research projects in photography.
Wolfgang Tillmans receiving the Hasselblad Award from H.R.H. Prince Carl Philip. © Hasselblad Foundation, Emma Svensson