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Wolfgang Tillmans' Still Islands: Photographic Aesthetics off the Margin.

Hernández Adrián, Francisco-J.



This article analyses a set of photographic works on island and littoral locations by German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans. Focusing initially on one of Tillmans' signature images, Untitled (La Gomera), 1997, the article draws attention to this piece's originating context in the island of La Gomera in the Canary Islands. The critical narrative expands to include other island and littoral photographs to sketch a series of ‘frames’, from notions of process, scene, borders and the elemental, to escape and mobilities. The text locates its readings in dialogue with Tillmans' most recent project, Neue Welt, as a way to think about contemporary ways of producing and altering island images that depart from longstanding island imaginaries of the tropical Atlantic and other, similar oceanic locations. The article concludes by arguing that an ‘aesthetics off the margin’ can be teased out of Tillmans' photographic shores and islandscapes.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Aug 22, 2014
Publication Date 2014-09
Deposit Date Aug 28, 2014
Journal Third Text
Print ISSN 0952-8822
Electronic ISSN 1475-5297
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28 (4-5)
Pages 377-392
Public URL