About

I am born in the South of Germany, close to the Swiss border. Now again I live there. For studying communications designs I went to the University Essen. From Essen in the Ruhr valley, I worked for about 20 years for international magazines. During this period the journalistic works gave more and more way to own artistical-documentary long term projects. Experiences in teaching and curating followed from the year 2000 onwards until today in different European countries.

Statement

Everything can be captured photographically, anything can become topic: society, man, architecture, landscape. No other medium mirrors the essence of situations like documentation photography: to compress, to condense, to point through the specific lens of photography. To this day, a central question grappling with the approach to documentary photography circles around on the reality character of the photographed picture. The extension of the photographic spectrum by digital photography, its new abilities and their deployment in mass media further fuelled this discussion. Today it seems to be decisive which strategy a photographer peruses, how a topic is approached aesthetically and within its context, how the topic of this photographic conflict is grounded. In the deluge of media captions, the singular picture seems to have been diminished in meaning and authenticity. Moreover, documentary photography now has to react to the already existing media picturescape by purveying a much deeper, more subjective perspective. The conscious seeing, the reflection of pictures, its act of making the picture and of mentoring the picture for me is an important component of my work and through that simultaneously forms my picturescape.

Education

  • 1985 - 1993 | Visuelle Kommunikation, Universität-GHS Essen (DE)

Institution (Work Experience)

  • 2012 - 2016 | Kurator der Galerie im Kloster Obermarchtal (DE)
  • 2010 - 2016 | Kurator der FHV Galerie (AU)
  • 2008 bis heute | Professor für Fotografie und Gestaltung, FH Vorarlberg, Dornbirn (AU)
  • 2005 - 2008 | Hochschullehrer, Mediengestaltung für Fotografie, FH Vorarlberg, Dornbirn (AU)
  • 2005 - 2006 I Dozent, Hochschule für Gestaltung, Schwäbisch Gmünd (DE)
  • 2004 bis heute | Projektkoordinator und Kurator des European Central Bank „Annual Photography Award“ (DE)
  • 2004 bis heute | Berufenes Mitglied, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie (DE)
  • 2003 - 2004 | Lehraufträge, Intermedia, FH Vorarlberg, Dornbirn (AU)
  • 2000 - 2005 | Kurator und Projektleiter, Fotografenstipendium, Stadt Ravensburg (DE)
  • 1999 bis heute | Berufenes Mitglied, Deutsche Fotografische Akademie (DE)
  • 1998 - 2002 | Dozent, Freie Schule für Gestaltung, Ravensburg (DE)

Selected Awards

  • 2015 | Interior Innovation Award „Winner 2015“ (DE)
  • 2015 | German Design Award 2015 „Special Mention“ (DE)
  • 2014 | pro-K Wettbewerb: Produkt des Jahres (DE)
  • 2005 / 2006 / 2007 / 2008 /2012 I Deutscher Fotobuchpreis - Auswahltitel (DE)
  • 2007 | Preis des Arbeitskreises Heimatpflege im Regierungsbezirk Tübingen e.V. (DE)
  • 2006 | Auszeichnung „Beispielhaftes Bauen“, Architektenkammer Baden-Württemberg (DE)
  • 2004 | Archäologiepreis des Landes Baden-Württemberg (DE)
  • 2003 | Stipendium des ARTS COUNCIL OF NORTHERN IRELAND (IR)
  • 1989 / 1990 / 1994 | Fotografie als Kunst, Sparkasse Pforzheim (DE)
  • 1992 | Welt-Zeit, Porsche-Design, München (DE)

Selected Exhibitions/Publications

  • 2016 | Barbican Centre London (UK)
  • 2015 | Kunstkartause Ittingen (CH)
  • 2015 | London College of Communication (GB)
  • 2010 | Biennale internationale de la Photographie et des Arts visuels (BE)
  • 2008 | German Historical Institute (GB)
  • 2008 | Photobiennale Thessaloniki (GR)
  • 2007 | Galeria de Exposicoes Temporarias da Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian (PT)
  • 2006 | Noorderlicht Fotofestival (NL)
  • 2004 | Estisches Kunstmuseum (EE)
  • 2004 | Moskauer Haus der Fotografie (RU)
  • 2003 | Polnisches Nationalmuseum (PL)
  • 2003 | Europäisches Parlament (BE)

Personal Website

http://www.claudio-hils.de

Galleries

Claudio Hils | Red Land - Blue Land (2000)

Claudio Hils | Red Land - Blue Land (2000)

Photographs taken at the troop training grounds in Senne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. During maneuvers, Red Land stands for enemy, Blue Land for friendly territory. The work was published and exhibited for the first time in the year 2000. The artist approaches the terrain with what appear to be standard pictures of landscapes already suggestive of a specific intention. In what follows, the reader will observe a series of mysterious pictures of a seemingly surreal ghost town which, until recently, has provided the setting of numerous rehearsals for military emergencies.

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Claudio Hils | Archive Belfast (2003)

Claudio Hils | Archive Belfast (2003)

In his photographic projects Claudio Hils explores controversial themes, such as the surreal scenery of war at an army training ground or the inhumanity of urban architecture in the new metropolitan mega-conurbations. In the year 2003 Claudio Hils was invited by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to work in Belfast. In this volume he documents the evidence left by years of violence in Belfast. The experience of conflict is deeply embedded in Belfasts collective consciousness. Evidence of conflict is contained within information archives throughout the city, where photography is employed as a means of interpreting, objectively, the effects of violence. Medical x-ray technology registers the body as site of trauma, police forensic photography particularises scenes of crime, surveillance cameras militarise civic spaces. These archives are extensive, systematically organized, and primarily contingent on use. In contrast, private and semi-public stores of conflict-related memorabilia are presently being formulated into official public archives. As collections of objects (uniforms, propaganda) become redundant, they are recontextualized and transformed into historical artifacts. Archive Belfast observes a history under construction.

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Claudio Hils | New Territory (1989-1999)

Claudio Hils | New Territory (1989-1999)

Following an individual impulse and having the need to clarify a certain feeling of faintness towards himself, the photographer Claudio Hils has documented a decade of German History since the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989. With the author, the whorl of images passes through space, which at arrival is no longer the same, and from which spontaneity, joined by irritations such as vague hopes, grows into a process. Time becomes the axis and the mirror of its breaking.

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Claudio Hils | abseits – aside – à l'écart (2012)

Claudio Hils | abseits – aside – à l'écart (2012)

Few landscapes in Germany managed to preserve a unique balance of nature, work and culture like the rural space settled between the Danube, the Allgäu and Lake Constance. Yet long ago this idyll began to deceive. Now, where ‘home’ is the nicest word for backwardness (Martin Walser), it is being permeated right into the natural growth, the touristy glorified baroque blue skies by the harbingers of modernization.

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