A short introduction where we catch up with photographic artist, Dirk H. Wilms, to find out about his latests exhibition…
Please tell us a little about the exhibition and how it came about (any new pieces or retrospective, all self/auto portraits? any specific themes?)
The exhibition has been created by the German AIDS Service Organization in Weimar to showcase the major area of my work I’ve been concentrating on for the last 15 years – my self-portrait series “A Kind Of Absence”. It shows 40 pieces of my black and white works, including many images never shown before. The series is an artistic documentary about living with HIV and AIDS, which I began in 2001 shortly after my HIV diagnosis. With this I wanted to make my fears and nightmares visible to those who care to see.
Please tell us in a little more detail about one or more pieces which deal specifically with gay/queer identity.
I think, my whole work is about queer identity, my identity. But also about sexuality and mortality. Everything is inseparably connected in my work.
When and where is the exhibition; does it include works for sale?
The show runs until December 9th 2015 in “Gallery Markt 21” in the center of beautiful German city of Weimar and all shown images are for sale.
Do you have any other news (or new works) you want to tell us about?
I will continue to work on my series – as I have given myself the order to be accompanied by the camera until the end. I imagine a few surprises in the next year, but it’s too early to talk about.