HEINZ PETER KNES - make believe



make believe
A monographic publication by German photographer
Heinz Peter Knes.

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make believe is a monographic publication by German photographer Heinz Peter Knes, published as an extension of an eponym series of 12 photographic works (posters, c-prints and one paper collage). This book presents Knes' appropriation of this body of work and proposes diverse ways to display these photographs, confronting the images with several decors, deserted apartments that Knes chose as backdrops for his still-life mise-en-scenes. The series of prints is available for sale as an unlimited edition: not meant to be exhibited on gallery walls, this set of photographs is available for those wanting to keep the installation process going in a private context.
The original prints of make believe propose a subjective and political tableau of the city of Berlin: dug from Knes' archives, they have been captured in the last 10 years, period corresponding to the artist's residency in the German metropole. Primarily meant to document his encounters with the city, these images when retrospectively selected by Knes, furthermore depict the city as a stage for political issues. Indeed, Knes portrays Berlin through an iconography raising economical, governmental and social connotations, deliberately explicit or more ambiguous/incidental : a close up on the golden facade of Axel Springer (German press tycoon, with an anti-intellectual, conservative right wing editorial line)'s publishing house located in front of the Wall, an anti-Georges W. Bush demonstrator, a miniature reproduction of a shed, a low key TV crew at a Kurdish demonstration, two identical horses (one seen standing right, the other left), details of a Plattenbeau building (prefabricated construction, emblematic of former East Germany) with a «ghost» appearing in the window, the lethargic back of a person at a bus station...etc.
Knes plays with the heterogeneity of forms and functions of the photographic object. Pined 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, superposed, interlayered, unbalanced, hidden, cropped : mistreated, ignored, forgotten or glorified, the photographic object via the eyes of Knes is desacralized, trivialized/banalized, by giving it back its everyday acceptance and usage. Not only multiple in shapes and arrangements, these pictures are mutant and ambivalent in meanings, triggering alternative implications when confronted to the various codes that the furnitures and objects of the apartment represent. Each set up and association either serves or deprives any given image, either parasited or empowered by its surrounding, through an iconographic mise-en-abyme of signs and symbols. make believe examines the political authority of photographs depending on their contextualisation, and through their immersion within a private domain. Knes also interrogates the very nature of the image itself, the determination of its political value, wondering in what conditions an image promotes/conveys a committed statement.

Tiltle: make believe
Author: Heinz Peter Knes
Format: 25 x 17,5 cm
64 pages
Printing: Offset
Language: english
Limited edition of 500 hand-numbered copies
20 euros (+ 3 euros for shipping if ordered on our website)

Nombre de pages : 64 au total
Impression laser
Langue: anglaise
Edition limitée à 250 exemplaires numérotés
Prix public : 12 euros (hors frais d'envoi, le cas échéant) Distributed by les Presses du Réel and IDEA Books.

Biography - Heinz Peter Knes (1969, Gemünden am Main, Germany)
Heinz Peter Knes graduated from the photography department of Fachhochschule Dortmund in 1999. His work has been featured in publications and exhibitions internationally. He lives and works in Berlin.


make believe
Une publication monographique du photographe Heinz Peter Knes.
Réalisé comme une extension de sa série éponyme regroupant 12 travaux photographiques (posters, tirages et un collage), l'ouvrage make believe propose une appropriation et une contextualisation de ces oeuvres à travers leur mise-en-scène dans des appartements désertés. A travers cet ouvrage, Knes suggère plusieurs alternatives de présentation et monstration de ces images les confrontant à différents décors, utilisations et interprétations. Cette série de tirages est également disponible à la vente sous la forme d'une édition illimitée : ne se destinant pas aux murs d'une galerie, cet assemblage est disponible pour toute personne désireuse de prolonger le processus d'installation dans un contexte privé.

Titre : make believe
Auteur : Heinz Peter Knes
Format : 25 x 17,5 cm
64 pages
Langue : anglais
Impression : offset
Edition limitée à 500 exemplaires numérotés à la main
20 euros (+ 3 euros de frais d'envoi si commandé sur notre site) Distribué par les Presses du Réel et IDEA Books.

Biographie - Heinz Peter Knes (1969, Gemünden am Main, Germany)
Heinz Peter Knes graduated from the photography department of Fachhochschule Dortmund in 1999. His work has been featured in publications and exhibitions internationally. He lives and works in Berlin.

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