The new work of the Berlin artist Florian Hetz was created in the winter of 2018 during an artist residency at Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles. For three months Hetz portrayed the life and sexuality of gay men in the Echo Park district. He photographed his models in sessions lasting several hours and hundreds of photographs were taken. The extract of those are now on view in Germany for the first time.
Hetz deconstructs, dissects and sexualizes the bodies of his models. He mainly shows body fragments and details: trained physique, muscles, hair, faces and genitals fill the photos. Close ups of objects and plants complete the picture of a fragmented community, a community that has been repeatedly broken up by discrimination, violence and HIV. This community of gay men does not let anyone take away their yearning for beauty, closeness, fun and fusion, but fights for the right for a self-determined and joyful life.
Last year I contacted Florian and we decided to do a solo exhibition of his new work. Florian spent three months as artist-in-residence at Tom of Finland Foundation where, with his camera, he observed the life and sexuality of gay men in L.A. and returned with a series of amazing photographs that reflect his unique and explicit approach. –Frederik Busch
The exhibition is part of the satellite program of the Triennale der Photographie in Hamburg / Photo Triennale Hamburg and supported by the City of Hamburg Board of Culture and Media, and Tom of Finland Foundation.
On view through 10th June with
closing Artist Talk at 4p