29.05.2024  •  Art NEWS

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‘Wish This Was Real’ - C/O Berlin presents Tyler Mitchell’s first solo exhibition in Germany - with a visual narrative of beauty, style, utopia and the landscape

Since his rise to prominence in the world of fashion, photographer Tyler Mitchell (*1995, USA) has propelled a visual narrative of beauty, style, utopia, and the landscape that expands visions of Black life.

With ‘Wish This Was Real’, C/O Berlin presents Mitchell’s first solo exhibition in Germany – offering new perspectives on his long-standing themes of self-determination and the extraordinary radiance of the everyday, and showing how portraits can be rooted in the past while evoking imagined futures.

The exhibition opens at 8pm on Friday, 31 May 2024 at C/O Berlin in Amerika Haus on Hardenbergstraße 22–24, 10623 Berlin. It will be on show through 5 September 2024.

The exhibition covers nearly ten years of Mitchell’s dynamic artistic practice in photography and video, demonstrating the influence of the ‘New Black Vanguard’, which American writer Antwaun Sargent describes as the proliferation of images by Black photographers who work between the genres of art and fashion. Considered in three thematic sections that follow different motifs, and featuring his newest works printed on fabric and mirrors, the exhibition encapsulates Mitchell’s diverse explorations of portraiture, nature, and social memory. 

Tyler Mitchell lives in Brooklyn and often draws inspiration from the pastoral and domestic scenes of his childhood in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. Having established himself as a pre-eminent photographic voice of his generation, his work is marked by the way he intimately and authentically stages objects, frequently captured in a lush and vibrant color palette. He rethinks how the fashion image can be less censorious and more reflective of real life. What emerges is a fresh visual representation of his subjects, one that emphasizes empowerment, play, and celebrating the mundane.

In 2018, Mitchell was commissioned to photograph Beyoncé for American Vogue’s September issue, making history, at the age of twenty-three, as the first Black photographer to shoot the magazine’s cover. One year earlier, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television from New York University Tisch School of the Arts in 2017. Mitchell’s work is held in numerous private and public collections.

Mitchell’s photography has also been published widely in renowned magazines such as Aperture, Dazed, i-D, Interview, M Le Monde, Vanity Fair, Vogue (American and British), W, WSJ and Zeit Magazine. Alongside ‘Wish This Was Real’ at C/O Berlin in 2024, Mitchell is also presenting solo exhibitions at High Museum of Art in Atlanta and at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 
Tyler Mitchell 'Wish This Was Real' at C/O Berlin Foundation (1. Jun - 5. Sep 2024)

Tyler Mitchell 'Wish This Was Real' at C/O Berlin Foundation (1. Jun - 5. Sep 2024)

 
Tyler Mitchell 'Wish This Was Real' at C/O Berlin Foundation (1. Jun - 5. Sep 2024)

Tyler Mitchell 'Wish This Was Real' at C/O Berlin Foundation (1. Jun - 5. Sep 2024)

 
Tyler Mitchell 'Wish This Was Real' at C/O Berlin Foundation (1. Jun - 5. Sep 2024)

Tyler Mitchell 'Wish This Was Real' at C/O Berlin Foundation (1. Jun - 5. Sep 2024)

 
Tyler Mitchell 'Wish This Was Real' at C/O Berlin Foundation (1. Jun - 5. Sep 2024)

Tyler Mitchell 'Wish This Was Real' at C/O Berlin Foundation (1. Jun - 5. Sep 2024)

 
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