Artist Portrait

Artist Portrait, PORTRAITS

“Compose your own PORTRAIT.” Worldwide

Artbook Publication in 2020

In his series of Artist Portraits, Thilo Hoffmann invited international artists to get portrayed in the way they want to present themselves. That is, they choose the location, the theme and the time. Eventually they select their favourite shot and give it a title. The resulting composition is the portrait of the artist as a self-representation.

The process at the core of the photo shoot is individually driven by the creative choices and approach of the artists as they carefully stage and direct it. Each portrait is thus a unique facet of the artist’s persona.

Altogether the series comprises today fifty portraits, which have been taken all over the world throughout a decade. Currently, Thilo Hoffmann is working on the publication of this work, adding to the photographic series of portraits a further level of self-representation with textual storytelling.

In the book Artist Portraits each shot is accompanied by a brief passage describing the protagonist and the narrative of the scene. The texts are written either by the artist themselves or by authors they specifically selected for this purpose. The typology of the pieces is completely at the discretion of the author writing it. As a result, the book presents a heterogeneous mix of genres, such as poetry, fiction, short story, monologue dialogue and illustration.

List of the artist portraits featured in the eponymous publication:

Thomas Hirschhorn, Pierre Bismuth, Sophie Calle, Olaf Breuning, Lawrence Weiner, Gregory Green, Mary Heilmann, Susan Hiller, Peter Joseph, Zilla Leutenegger, Ingeborg Lüscher, Mike Nelson, Tony Oursler, Philip Pearlstein, Ben Vautier, Roman Signer, Annelies Strba, Richard Wentworth, Huma Bhabha, Shannon Plumb, Silvie Defraoui, Lindsay Seers, Mona Hatoum, John Armleder, Ruedi Bechtler, Christian Jankowski, Cerith Wyn Evans, Diego Perrone, Adrian Schiess, Ursula Hodel, Ilona Ruegg, Una Szeemann, Karin Sander, Markus Weiss, Clarina Bezzola, Mario Airo, Laurie Anderson, Ursula Rydingsvard, Mélanie Matranga, Nic Hess, Niele Toroni, Not Vital, Gianni Motti, Severin Müller, Willie Doherty, Ulla von Brandenburg, Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzinger, Beni Bischof and Alicia Velazquez.

Authors who wrote a piece about the different artist portraits:

Roman Kurzmeyer, Felix Philipp Ingold, Sabine Schaschl, Cristina Vasilescu, Daniela Bigi, Jonas Bischof, Richard Klein, Doris Gautschi, Lionel Bovier, Zoë Beck, Dakin Hart, vedeovamazzei (Simeone Stella), Peter Weber, Konrad Bitterli, Sacha Craddock, Fady Joudah, Nikolaus Wyss, Sarah Parson, Thomas Kellein, Brian Kerstetter, Dessislava Dimova, Rowan Moore, Billy Rubin, Simone Lappert, Dirk Boll, Alexander Rischer, Christoph Vögele, Gabriel Coxhead, Gerhard Mack, Susanna Koeberle.

Selected Portraits

Some portraits from this series were taken by Jonas Hildalgo
The curatorial project management is overseen by Silvia Converso

Some portraits from this series were taken by Jonas Hildalgo