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'REFRACTION' EXHIBITION MALTA 2021. Installation shot by Audrey Rose Mizzi.

ABOUT

Dirk H. Wilms (born 1966) is a German photographer and visual artist whose work consists primarily of conceptual staged self-portraits. Sexuality, death and identity are recurring themes throughout his work. 

Never willing to compromise his artistic vision, Wilms uses photography to record and elaborate auto-biographical stories and personal life events, focusing on his own body as an expressive vehicle. Despite his introverted nature, he often depicts himself as a nude figure in his compositions, seeking to recast the male nude as something insecure and vulnerable, rather than as a figure of strength. The result is a unique body of work in which contemporary photography, poetic approach and humour blend seamlessly.


“To me photography means to breathe life and to express myself. It helps me to make my fears, my depressions and my nightmares visible to those who care to see,he said. “The positive reactions have shown me that other people can also find themselves in my work. It isn't my wish to represent only myself.

His work has been featured in art, culture, and gay magazines internationally and can be found in a variety of collections.

“Dirk H. Wilms defines himself as an introvert, suffering from social anxiety. His photographs are self-portraits that could be regarded as cathartic and redeeming. He tells his life story through these documents as different life chapters that will act as his autobiography. His use of props evokes the work of American artist Cindy Sherman, an artist who also relies on self-portraiture to tell stories of self-transformation and loss of identity while she explores human diversity, sexuality and stereotypes.” — Times, Malta

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EXHIBITION

INTERVIEWS & TEXTS

SELECTED PRESS & PUBLICATIONS

IL CORPO SOLITARIO VOL. III, ITALY, 2022
TIMES, MALTA, 2021

JAAMZIN, SINGAPORE, 2019

MASCULAR MAGAZINE, UNITED KINGDOM, 2018

ZINE MAGAZINE, JAPAN, 2017

MÄNNER MAGAZINE, GERMANY, 2016

MEIN SCHWULES AUGE 13, GERMANY, 2016

NOISY RAIN WINTER EDITION, JAPAN, 2016

HOMOSURREALISM, UNITED KINGDOM, 2016

FACELESS, FRANCE, 2016

SALVE TELEVISION, GERMANY, 2015

OTZ JOURNAL, GERMANY, 2015

THÜRINGISCHE LANDESZEITUNG, GERMANY, 2015

QUEER, GERMANY, 2015

GAY CH MAGAZINE, SWITZERLAND, 2015

ARTCURE MAGAZINE, GREECE, 2015

BLITZ MAGAZINE, GERMANY, 2015

CHUECA MAGAZINE, SPAIN, 2015

HIV PLUS MAGAZINE, USA, 2015

THE PINK SNOUT, ITALY, 2015

RADIANT PRESENCE, USA, 2015

OBSCURE, UNITED KINGDOM, 2015

RADIANT PRESENCE, USA, 2015

MEIN SCHWULES AUGE 11, GERMANY, 2014

MEN ADDICTED, FRANCE, 2014

GENTE RARA, VENEZUELA, 2014

LAZAGNE ART MAGAZINE, ITALY, 2014

SRDREGE MEN, TURKEY, 2014

ET ALORS?, NETHERLANDS, 2014

TRIBE MAGAZINE, UNITED KINGDOM, 2014

M+ MAGAZINE, GERMANY, 2014

KALTBLUT MAGAZINE, GERMANY, 2014

NOISY RAIN MAGAZINE, JAPAN, 2014

THE UNTOLD, UNITED KINGDOM, 2014

SLAVE MAGAZINE, UNITED KINGDOM, 2014

ULISEX! MAGAZINE, MEXICO, 2013

EDGE MAGAZINE, USA, 2013

MASCULAR MAGAZINE, UNITED KINGDOM, 2013

GET INSPIRED MAGAZINE, GERMANY, 2013