Head and Curator
Neue Galerie im Höhmannhaus and
H2–Center for Contemporary Art in Glasspalace,
Kunstsammlungen und Museen, Augsburg, Germany
In 1996, a year after joining the Kunstsammlungen und Museen, Augsburg, as a curator of art and photography, Thomas Elsen founded the Neue Galerie im Höhmannhaus, a new experimental art space. He also founded the H2 – Center for Contemporary Art in the Glasspalace, which opened in 2006. Recent exhibitions include Behind Landscape (with Jaakko Heikkilä, Anastasia Khoroshilova, Trevor Paglen, among others, 2012); Portraits d’artistes: Edward Steichen – Jean Noel Schramm (2014); A Process – ‘Der Greif’ photography magazine (2014); Faces of Disappearance(with Sophie Calle, Larry Sultan, Olaf Unverzart, among others, 2015/16); Not Here Yet, together with Celina Lunsford (with Alberto García Alix, Maurizio Cattelan, Hamish Fulton, Ferit Kuyas, among others, 2016/17). In addition, he curated exhibitions within the European Month of Photography (EMOP), Berlin (2012); Düsseldorf Photo Weekend (2013); Tashkent Photo-Biennale (2014). He has been a member of the Deutsche Fotografische Akademie DFA, German Photographic Academy since 2012.
Regarding photography, Elsen more interested in visual-based thinking than cognitive. For him, the clear, strong image itself should be the concept, rather than using a theory as justification to create the image. He is looking for serious visual pathfinders who try to articulate clear ideas aesthetically, without a fear of failing. He is always pleased to meet well-known photographers, but is more delighted to find talents with whom he can have a dialogue, in hopes of understanding their individual excellence and developable capabilities.