The eccentric photographs of London born artist Hugo Tillman reflect his creative vision, perhaps fuelled by his diagnosed bipolar disorder. Fascinated by the Contemporary art world in China, Tillman spent two years interviewing leading Chinese artists. From these conversations that ranged around their philosophies, fantasies and childhood memories, Tillman constructed a full sized stage set of their inner psyche. He then invited the artists to perform a scene within that set and captured the images with a still camera. Tillman's original approach resulted in a series of extremely personal, powerful and surreal pictures. Ultimately, his series Film Stills of the Mind represents a dialogue between Tillman's investigation of his own subconscious and that of his subjects. Born in London in 1973, Tillman moved to New York and received a Masters of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in 2004. His photographs have been exhibited at the Guangzhou Museum of Art, China; The Today Art Museum, Beijing; The Birmingham Art Gallery, England; The National Portrait Gallery, London; Elementa Gallery, Dubai; F2 Gallery, Beijing; DF2 Gallery, Los Angeles, P.S.1, New York, among others. Tillman has also participated in a number of international biennales, such as the Guangzhou Photo Biennale (2009), Guandong, China; Shanghai Biennale, Moca (2006), Shanghai, China; and Berlin Biennale (2000), Berlin, Germany. He is also a candidate for a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from Oxford University.
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