“DEATH IS AN ESSENTIAL ASPECT OF MY WORK, I SEE IT AS A PART OF AN EXPLORATION OF LIFE AND ITS FRAGILITY.”
— Dirk H. Wilms
Dirk H. Wilms is a German photographer and visual artist whose work focuses on topics like mortality, sexuality, and queer identity, love, anxiety, and stigmatization.
He first came to public recognition with an almost two decade-long body of work, his series A KIND OF ABSENCE that is informed by his identity as a gay man living with HIV and AIDS. First exhibited 2015 in a one-person show in Weimar, the auto-biographical works stirred controversy and discussion.
Influenced by personal life events and inner perceptions, Wilms uses conceptual staged self-portraits to reveal and reflect the things that occupy his inner world. “My work has transformed into a way for me to find a balance in the midst of a downward spiral of a progressing disease and hope,” he said. “I create portraits which have simplicity, but inside are complex stories, revealed deliberately with a raw openness. A sort of psychoanalytic therapy in some way.”
His photographs have been featured in numerous art, culture and gay magazines and can be found in a variety of private collections. He lives and works in the western part of Germany.
SELECTED INTERVIEWS & TEXTS
ESCAPING THE FACE (2017)
A KIND OF ABSENCE (2015)
HOME BY THE SEA (2009)
SELECTED PRESS & PUBLICATIONS
MASCULAR MAGAZINE (UK), ZINE MAGAZINE (JAPAN),
MÄNNER MAGAZINE (GERMANY), MEIN SCHWULES AUGE (GERMANY),
NOISY RAIN (JAPAN), HOMOSURREALISM (UK), SALVE TV (GERMANY),
OTZ JOURNAL (GERMANY), THÜRINGISCHE LANDESZEITUNG (GERMANY),
QUEER (GERMANY), GAY CH MAGAZINE (SWITZERLAND), ARTCURE (GREECE),
BLITZ MAGAZINE (GERMANY), CHUECA MAGAZINE (SPAIN),
HIV PLUS MAGAZINE (USA), MEN ADDICTED (FRANCE),
GENTE RARA (VENEZUELA), LAZAGNE ART MAGAZINE (ITALY),
SRDREGE MEN (TURKEY), ET ALORS? (NETHERLANDS),
TRIBE MAGAZINE (UK), M+ MAGAZINE (GERMANY), KALTBLUT (GERMANY),
THE UNTOLD (UK), SLAVE MAGAZINE (UK), ULISEX! MAGAZINE (MEXICO),
EDGE MAGAZINE (USA), GET INSPIRED (GERMANY)