LUNCH WITH THE FT: Wolfgang Tillmans on ‘extracting great impact from very fragile things’
There is an inherent contradiction between my desire to nail down precisely the meaning of Tillmans’s work, and his determination to leave room for interpretation
Wolfgang Tillmans hobbles towards me, his left leg strapped into a fearsome contraption designed to allow his broken bones and ligaments to heal.
He is mobile, but only just, reliant on crutches to move around his studio, and a wheelchair to cover longer distances. Tillmans, it turns out, is recovering from a serious car crash. For now, this most light-footed of artists — a prominent anti-Brexit campaigner whose works have explored themes such as dance, flight and space — finds his freedom of movement sharply constrained.