Heinz Peter Knes

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make believe

make believe, published by Peeping Tom, 2011
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make believe is a monographic publication, published as an extension of an eponymic series of twelve photographic works. The book presents Knes' appropriation of this body of work and proposes diverse ways to display these photographs, confronting the images with several interiors, deserted apartments.

The original prints of make believe propose a subjective and political tableau of the city of Berlin. the photographs have been taken over the last 10 years, the period corresponding to the artists residency in the city. Primarily meant to document his encounters with the city, these images, when retrospectively selected furthermore depict the city as a political place. Knes portrays Berlin through an iconography raising economical, governmental, social connotations, deliberately explicit or more ambiguous / incidental: a close-up of the golden facade of Axel-Springer-Haus, an anti-George Bush jr. demonstrator, a miniature reproduction of a shed, a low-key TV crew of a Kurdish demonstration, two identical horses, details of a Plattenbau-building.

Knes plays with the heterogeneity of forms and functions of the photographic object. Pinned on a wall next to a framed painting, the photograph is considered as a piece of art. Stacked on a desk, it stands for documentation. Under the foot of a chair, it becomes functional. Cut, trashed, torn, folded, archived, exhibited, twisted, stuck, superimposed, interlayered, unbalanced, hidden, cropped - mistreated, ignored, forgotten or glorified - the photographic object is here desacralized, trivialized / banalized, by giving it back its everyday acceptance and usage.

(2011)