You know, you never feel accomplished but thanks for the vote of confidence. I guess I’m most proud of having stuck with it for so long. It’s thirty years now. Sometimes you have to dig deep to keep the faith. There’s not one project I haven’t lost faith in at some point. Perhaps my personal favourite is Dodo, which involved digging up a WWII bomber on the set of Catch-22 in Mexico. It was such a preposterous idea that getting so many officials to collaborate gave me some faith in what’s possible in the world.
I think book making has mostly been my primary medium the past three decades. But I’m moving away from that now. I just spent two weeks in the stone and marble yards of Sicily. Touching a raw material is so very different from making an image from a distance. I hope I can combine the two without it feeling forced.
I’m more interested in the world than in photography and the art world. I need to feel things are relevant – to me, to others, and to my grandmother (if she was alive).
Absolutely. I’m a professor in Germany, which follows a medieval hierarchy: the professor always has the final word. It’s my mission to turn this hierarchy upside down or at least level it. I hope in a few years we’ll have a class that can teach itself and I’ll be completely redundant.
"[Young artists] use new technologies, but the personal struggles and the pain they either hide or reveal are universal"
They use new technologies, but the personal struggles and the pain they either hide or reveal are universal. It’s been such a rewarding experience going on this journey with them, helping them make work more in line with their own deep feelings and thoughts.
They’ve all had the courage to let their old strategies go and embrace a new way of thinking through their concerns. I can’t tell you how proud I am of all of them for accepting that challenge. I don’t think just one of them deserves the award, they all do!
Thank you, Adam!