About the Artist - Ildi Tillmann
"I am an independent author, documentary photographer andeducator, working at the overlapping spheres of art, documentary and narrative journalism.
I was born and raised in Hungary. I lived in Israel in the mid-1990s and I moved to the United States in the year 2000.
I speak Hungarian, English, Spanish, French and Hebrew fluently. I have a basic command of Haitian Creole. I hold a Law Degree from Hungary, and an MA in Africana Studies from SUNY Stony Brook NY, where I graduated in 2017. Following graduation I embarked on a new career as a documentary photographer and story teller.
Following my graduation from Africana Studies I worked at the Haiti Medical Education Project, a non-profit providing continuing medical education in Haiti to physicians, medical residents and nurses. Since 2018 I have been working on my own, free-lance project in Haiti, titled Lives in (R)evolution, which includes photography and written texts.
My visual and written work explores the complexities and inner contradictions that characterize us, human beings. Focusing on similarities, rather than on boundaries and differences that might separate cultures or geographic regions, my work emphasizes the shared nature of responses human beings give to specific life situations and historical contexts. Through that approach, my work aims to overcome cultural and ethnic boundaries, and to capture what lies inside us and what surrounds us on our journey through life."