An impression in the insulation of an orangered wall. Logs arranged in rectangular piles in a grassy depression. A hedge behind a metal fence is being cut. Paint flaking off concrete, or the remains of poster on metal? Leaves in the water, or the lights of a city in the darkness? Or are they stars? These harmless moments, trivial shots, and marginal surfaces seem to have hardly anything to do with each other. Yet they capture a fragile sense of security: moments in which it becomes clear that certainties have faded.
Thomas Meyer’s pictures open up much room for interpretation and associations, unfore seen thoughts and feelings in a period of change, when identities are blurring, and clichés are no longer supportable. His work is full of free associations that will not and cannot provide any answers. His oeuvre is itself an inquiry.
Born in Delmenhorst, Germany, in 1967.
1990–96: Studied at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen.
1996: BFF Förderpreis (award).
1999: Kaufland— Retail Spaces in Eastern Germany (solo show), Gallery of the School of Art, Yale University, New Haven, USA.
2000: Joined OSTKREUZ.
2004–06: Photographer for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung campaign Dahinter steckt immer ein kluger Kopf.
From 2008 on: Lecturer at the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, Berlin.
2009: Inside Stasi (solo show), Gallery Focale, Nyon, Switzerland.
2011–18: Taught photography at the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin.
2014: Exile in Calcutta (solo show), Drik Gallery, Dhaka, Bangladesh; The Seagull Foundation for the Arts, Kolkata, India.
From 2017 on: In-house photographer, Bauhaus Foundation, Dessau.
2019: Bauhaus Dessau Architektur (publication), Hirmer, Munich.
Thomas Meyer lives in Berlin.