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make believe
Heinz Peter Knes

make believe

make believemake believe
Heinz Peter Knes
Peeping Tom



Edition 439 of 500
Pages 64
175 x 250 mm
ISBN 9782953704037



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.

About the Artist
Heinz Peter Knes is a photographer. He is born in 1969 in Gemünden am Main, Germany. Heinz Peter Knes studied photography on Fachhochschule Dortmund, from 1993 to 1999. Since 2001 Knes has lived in Berlin. His work has been published in several international magazines, including Camera Austria, Wire, 032c, Iann, Spex, Dutch, Readymade, Freier, i-D, Butt or Purple. In 1998 he co-founded the photofanzine Strahlung.

About the Publisher
Peeping Tom’s Digest is an experimental and subjective publication dedicated to contemporary art. Each issue focuses on trends and movements of a particular geographic area and highlights the artists and initiatives represented within it. Peeping Tom is also a publishing structure for monographs and artists’ books.