Text by Suzanne Cotter

In his exhibition On the Verge of Visibility at the Serralves Foundation in Porto, German artist and photographer Wolfgang Tillmans focuses on border zones and liminal states, trademarks of his recent work. Tillmans has become increasingly interested in the chemical foundations of photographic material, as well as its haptic and spatial possibilities, creating works without a camera in the darkroom that present photography as a self-referential medium. In this way, Tillmans engenders an experimental ground for the creation of a new type of image structure. In this catalogue, these “abstract” works appear in juxtaposition to figurative photographs.