Guy Tillim

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Guy Tillim was born in Johannesburg in 1962. He started photographing professionally in 1986 and joined Afrapix, a collective of South African photographers, with whom he worked closely until 1990. As a freelance photographer in South Africa, he worked for the local and foreign media, including Reuters between 1986 and 1988 and Agence France Presse in 1993 and 1994. Tillim has received many awards for his work, including the Prix SCAM (Société civile des auteurs multimédia) Roger Pic Prize in 2002, the Higashikawa Overseas Photographer Award in 2003, and the 2004 Daimler/Chrysler Award for South African Photography.
Tillim often creates grave portraits of contemporary African cities. Primarily working in sub-Saharan Africa, he has made several bodies of work that examine the legacy of colonialism, especially as exhibited in architecture. For his series Jo’burg, Tillim roamed Johannesburg’s dense and decaying neighborhood of Hillbrow, an area dramatically affected by social and political changes during South Africa’s transition out of apartheid. Crowded, dirty, and seemingly uninhabitable, the old apartment buildings and crumbling skyscrapers in Tillim’s images reveal living conditions for contemporary Africans that are nearly apocalyptical. Initially a “white-only” area, Hillbrow began, in the 1970s, to accommodate waves of poor people from the townships and immigrants from surrounding war-torn and economically challenged African nations. Parts of Johannesburg, which was once considered “the New York of Africa,” are now the nation’s most dangerous and feared neighborhoods. In Tillim’s images, we see a startling portrait of modernism where the promise of concrete, steel, and glass has given way to poverty, crime, and a broken social contract. His work is striking and has gained him a multitude of accolades as well as international shows.
In 2005 he won the Leica Oskar Barnack Award for Jo’burg. He has exhibited extensively around the globe, including shows in Rome, Brazil, Austria, Germany, and his native Johannesburg. Twenty-five of his pieces from the Avenue Patrice Lumumba project were on view at Lannan Foundation Gallery in 2011. In July 2016 Tillim’s work was included in Lannan Foundation’s exhibition (Infra) Structure.

Artwork


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Avenue Patrice Lumumba: Administration building, Antsiranana, Madagascar, 2007

Size: 36 x 52 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink print on cotton rag paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Avenue Patrice Lumumba: Typists, Likasi, DR Congo, 2007

Size: 36 x 52 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink print on cotton rag paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Avenue Patrice Lumumba: Court records, Lubumbashi, DR Congo, 2007

Size: 36 x 52 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink print on cotton rag paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Avenue Patrice Lumumba: City Hall offices, Lubumbashi, DR Congo, 2007

Size: 36 x 52 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink print on cotton rag paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Avenue Patrice Lumumba: City Hall, Lubumbashi, DR Congo, 2007

Size: 36 x 52 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink print on cotton rag paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Avenue Patrice Lumumba: City Hall, Lubumbashi, DR Congo, 2007

Size: 36 x 52 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink print on cotton rag paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Avenue Patrice Lumumba: Likasi, DR Congo, 2007

Size: 36 x 52 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink print on cotton rag paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Avenue Patrice Lumumba: Athénée Royal High School, Lumumbashi, DR Congo, 2007

Size: 36 x 52 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink print on cotton rag paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Avenue Patrice Lumumba: Former bank building, Kolwezi, DR Congo, 2007

Size: 36 x 52 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink print on cotton rag paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Avenue Patrice Lumumba: Apartment building, Beira, Mozambique, 2008

Size: 36 x 52 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink print on cotton rag paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Avenue Patrice Lumumba: Old landline exchange, Post Office, Lubumbashi, DR Congo, 2007

Size: 36 x 52 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink print on cotton rag paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Avenue Patrice Lumumba: Grande Hotel, Beira, Mozambique, 2008

Size: 36 x 52 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink print on cotton rag paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Avenue Patrice Lumumba: Avenue Bagamoyo, Beira, Mozambique, 2008

Size: 36 x 52 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink print on cotton rag paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Avenue Patrice Lumumba: Library, sports club, Kolwezi, DR Congo, 2007

Size: 36 x 52 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink print on cotton rag paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Avenue Patrice Lumumba: Grande Hotel, Beira, Mozambique, 2008 (diptych)

Size: 36 x 104 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink print on cotton rag paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Avenue Patrice Lumumba: Wires linked to private generators, apartment block, Luanda, Angola, 2007

Size: 36 x 52 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink print on cotton rag paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Avenue Patrice Lumumba: Apartment building, Avenue Bagamoyo, Beira, Mozambique, 2008

Size: 36 x 52 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink print on cotton rag paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Avenue Patrice Lumumba: Apartment building, Avenue Kwame Nkrumah, Maputo, Mozambique, 2007

Size: 36 x 52 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink print on cotton rag paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Avenue Patrice Lumumba: Bust of Agostinho Neto, Quibala, Angola, 2008

Size: 36 x 52 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink print on cotton rag paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Avenue Patrice Lumumba: Post Office, Likasi, DR Congo, 2007

Size: 36 x 52 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink print on cotton rag paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Avenue Patrice Lumumba: Park in the centre of town, Gabela, Angola, 2008

Size: 36 x 52 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink print on cotton rag paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Avenue Patrice Lumumba: High school, Lubumbashi, DR Congo, 2007

Size: 36 x 52 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink print on cotton rag paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Avenue Patrice Lumumba: Lubumbashi City Hall, DR Congo, 2007

Size: 36 x 52 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink print on 300g cotton rag paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Avenue Patrice Lumumba: Private Residence, Kolwezi, DR Congo, 2007

Size: 36 x 52 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink on 300g cotton rag paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Leopold and Mobutu: Left: Bronze leopards guard the entrance to Mobutu’s palace at Gbadolite

Leopold and Mobutu: Left: Bronze leopards guard the entrance to Mobutu’s palace at
Gbadolite, September 2003. Right: The gardens commissioned by King Leopold II at the Central African Museum, Brussels, January 2004.

Size: Diptych on one piece of paper 24 x 61 1/2 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink on 300g cotton paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Avenue Patrice Lumumba: Administration office, Department of Commerce, Antsiranana, Madagascar, 2007

Size: 36 x 52 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink print on 300g cotton rag paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Leopold and Mobutu: The remains of Mobutu Sese Seko’s palace at Gbadolite

Leopold and Mobutu: The remains of Mobutu Sese Seko’s palace at Gbadolite. Mobutu began work here among his kin in the 1970s, and in later years retreated to this residence for long periods. He built an international airport nearby, and would receive foreign dignitaries and heads of state in the palace’s grand reception rooms. It was his last place of residence in the Congo before he fled to Morocco in 1997, September 2003

Size: Diptych on one piece of paper 24 x 61 1/2 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink on 300g cotton paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Leopold and Mobutu: On the road between Bikoro and Mbandaka on the Congo River, September 2003

Size: 24 x 32 1/4 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink on 300g cotton paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Leopold and Mobutu: The looted remains of Mobutu Sese Seko’s residence at Gbadolite, September 2003

Size: Diptych on one piece of paper 24 x 61 1/2 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink on 300g cotton paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Leopold and Mobutu: Left: The Congo Star which adorned the Congolese flag during the Leopold era

Leopold and Mobutu: Left: The Congo Star which adorned the Congolese flag during the Leopold era, photographed at the Military Museum in Brussels, January 2004. When Laurent Kabila displaced Mobutu Sese Seko during the first Congo War of 1996, he replaced the Zairean flag with a banner featuring the old Congo Star. Right: Goma residents salute Laurent Kabila after his army takes the city, 1997.

Size: Diptych on one piece of paper 24 x 61 1/2 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink on 300g cotton paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Jo’burg: The view from the top of the Mariston Hotel looking south, 2004

Size: 16 1/2 x 23 1/4 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink on 300g cotton paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Jo’burg: Cape Agulhas, Esselen Street, Hillbrow, 2004

Size: 16 1/2 x 23 1/4 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink on 300g cotton paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Jo’burg: San Jose, Olivia Street, Berea, 2004

Size: 16 1/2 x 23 1/4 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink on 300g cotton paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Jo’burg: Al’s Tower, a block of flats on Harrow Road, Berea, overlooking the Ponte building, 2004

Size: 19 1/2 x 28 1/4 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink on 300g cotton paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Congo Democratic: Supporters of Jean-Pierre Bemba mock President Kabila, calling him an egg seller

Congo Democratic: Supporters of Jean-Pierre Bemba mock President Kabila, calling him an egg seller (in reference to Kabila’s statement that he could not take part in early election debates because he was balancing the delicate affairs of state on his head, as an egg seller would balance his wares)

Size: 35 3/4 x 52 1/4 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink on 300g cotton paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Congo Democratic: Supporters of Jean-Pierre Bemba line the road as he walks to a rally

Congo Democratic: Supporters of Jean-Pierre Bemba line the road as he walks to a rally from the airport, Kinshasa, July 2006

Size: 35 3/4 x 52 1/4 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink on 300g cotton paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Jo’burg: Manhattan Court, Plein Street, 2004

Size: 19 1/2 x 28 1/4 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink on 300g cotton paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Congo Democratic: A statue of Patrice Lumumba erected by Laurent Kabila and an unfinished tower

Congo Democratic: A statue of Patrice Lumumba erected by Laurent Kabila and an unfinished tower built during the Mobutu years, look down on Jean-Pierre Bemba supporters as they make their way to a rally, Kinshasa, July 2006

Size: 35 3/4 x 52 1/4 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink on 300g cotton paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Congo Democratic: Lumumbiste Party supporters prepare for a meeting, pinning up pictures of Patrice

Congo Democratic: Lumumbiste Party supporters prepare for a meeting, pinning up pictures of Patrice Lumumba and their leader Antoine Gizenga, who was a deputy to Lumumba after the first elections in 1962

Size: 35 3/4 x 52 1/4 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink on 300g cotton paper

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Congo Democratic: Presidential candidate Jean-Pierre Bemba enters a stadium in central Kinshasa flan

Congo Democratic: Presidential candidate Jean-Pierre Bemba enters a stadium in central Kinshasa flanked by his bodyguards, July 2006

Size: 35 3/4 x 52 1/4 inches
Medium: Archival pigment ink on 300g cotton paper

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Guy Tillim elsewhere on Lannan.org

Guy Tillim with Adam Hochschild, (Events)
Guy Tillim Artist Reception, (Events)
Guy Tillim: Avenue Patrice Lumumba Exhibit, (Art)
Guy Tillim: Avenue Patrice Lumumba Exhibition and Tour, (Art)
Guy Tillim: Avenue Patrice Lumumba Exhibition Tour Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia Coll, (Art)
Guy Tillim, (Bios)
(INFRA) STRUCTURE: complex, below and further on, (Art)