Florian Hetz German, b. 1980


Florian Hetz is a Berlin-based artist who initially embarked on a career in theatre. However, his path took a different turn when he encountered memory loss due to encephalitis in 2007. In an effort to counteract this loss, Hetz turned to photography as a means of documenting his daily experiences during the recovery process. What started as a photographic diary gradually evolved into a creative exploration of memory itself.

By capturing images based on his memories, or the absence thereof, Hetz delves into the subjective nature of recollection. Through his work, he explores the fragmented and elusive nature of memory, offering viewers a glimpse into the intricate workings of the mind.

Hetz's artistic endeavours have resulted in the publication of three books, showcasing his unique perspective and artistic vision. His work has been widely exhibited both in group and solo shows, gaining international recognition for its evocative and thought-provoking nature.
Currently living and working in Berlin, Hetz continues to push the boundaries of photographic expression, inviting audiences to reflect on the intricacies of memory and personal experience through his captivating visual narratives.

Untitled (14 - small), 2019

Florian Hetz b.1980



Ultra Queer - Base Milano, Milan
Tom of Finland Frieze - Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles



Haut - Parliament Gardens, Photo 2022, Melbourne (Solo show)
Ufficio della Notte - 
Die Diele, Zurich,
All Together - The Community, Paris
All Together - Studio Cannaregio, Venice
Urban Clash - P6 Gallery, Berlin
Beautiful Indiscretions - Cokkie Snoei, Rotterdam
L’Œil du Collectionneur - Polka Galerie, Paris


The Gaze - 
TJ Boulting, London

Get over it - P6 Gallery, Berlin

Artillery, #2_EVOLUTION - Collective Oslo, Oslo

Visible Love - Container Love, Berlin
Boys! Boys! Boys! - Fahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles

Send me an Image - C/O Berlin, Berlin

Artillery #1 REALIA_ - Collective Oslo, Oslo



Zwei - Bananaz Gallery, Oslo (Solo show)

Intimacy: New Queer Art from Berlin and Beyond - Schwules Museum, Berlin

Body Fluids - Saarländische Galerie, Berlin,

Back to Life - Tape Modern, Berlin



From the Margins - Gallery 102, Washington DC

Under the Anti Lies the Body - Slowroom Contemporary/Stefanskirken, Copenhagen

Boys Boys Boys Amsterdam - The Ravestijn Gallery, Amsterdam My Queer Eye - Berlin - The Ballery, Berlin
Ultra/ Where Love is Illegal - Sedici, Prato
Queer Identities in Europe - Queer Festival Heidelberg, Heidelberg Boys Boys Boys Köln - Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne

The Body is the Instrument - Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles

Month of Photography LA Group Show - Arena 1 Gallery, Los Angeles



Echo Park- Frappant Galerie, Triennale der Photographie Hamburg (Solo show)
A Strong Desire -
 PS120, Berlin

My Queer Eye - The Ballery, Berlin
#berlinuncensored - Blogfabrik, Berlin
More Boys Boys Boys - Hospital Club, London
Queer Biennial - Naval, Los Angeles

Artist in residence at the Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles 2018/2019


Rotation: Queer -
 Slowroom Contemporary, Copenhagen
He - Queering and Questioning Masculinity - Last Projects Gallery, Los Angeles

Berlin Savage - Circle 1 Gallery, Berlin



The Matter of Absence - Berghain, Berlin (Solo show)
Nerven Behalten -
 Werkstatt Galerie, Berlin
Instinct 1+2 - The Village, Berlin
Last Days of Summer - The Impossible Project, Berlin
Stamp the Future - Werkstatt Galerie, Berlin