Guy Tillim

Guy Tillim

Guy Tillim, Near Huahine (2011), pigment ink on cotton paper Image size 108 x 144cm Paper size 112 x 148cm Edition of 7 + 2AP. © Guy Tillim. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Guy Tillim (South Africa, 1962) lives and works in Cape Town. He began as a young reporter in the 1980s, when he became aware of photography as a way to fight the race gap created by the apartheid system in his country.

In the 1980s he joined Afrapix, a collective of South African photographers with whom he worked closely until 1990. Having learnt his trade as a photojournalist nearly two decades ago, Tillim’s oeuvre has proven to be far more than that of orthodox reportage. While continuing to focus on the social and natural challenges on the African continent, his working style has evolved into a much more subtle, quiet and enigmatic approach.


Group shows:

‘The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Hell, Purgatory revisited by Contemporary African Artists’, MMK, Frankfurt a.M. (2014);

documenta 12, Kassel (2007);

‘Biennale Cuvée’, O.K Center for Contemporary Art, Linz (2008);

‘Photography: New Documentary Forms’, Tate Modern, London (2011)

‘Intense Proximity’, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012).


Solo shows:

‘Avenue Patrice Lumumba’, CentroCentro, Palacio de Cibeles, Madrid (2013);

Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (2011);

Kuckei + Kuckei, Berlin (2010);

‘Second Nature I’, Stevenson, Cape Town (2011)

James Harris Gallery, Seattle (2012).



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