South likes: Peles Empire at GAK, Bremen

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Peles Empire, EVER BUILD, installation view, GAK Bremen, 2014. Courtesy die Künstlerinnen. Photo: Tobias Hübel

South likes: Peles Empire at GAK, Bremen
Ever Build
GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen, Germany
23 February – 8 June, 2014

The London-based artist duo Peles Empire, formed in 2005 by Katharina Stoever and Barbara Wolff, thinks of its practice as an ongoing experiment that stretches the boundaries of reproduction. The core subject matter of the duo derives, almost obsessively, from the photographic documentation of the rich decorative interiors of Peles Castle in Romania. This material undergoes a ceaseless formal reconfiguration for the different Peles Empire’s shows, always in non-hierarchical interstices between sculpted and pictorial surfaces, as well as surfaces of display. However, an essential parameter of the artists’ practice is the highly discursive trajectory of the document itself, automatically acquired through the duo’s diverse journey of production and display. Ever Build at GAK Bremen is the latest point of this trajectory. In this site-specific show, the document is once again transformed in relation to the new space, perhaps in a formally more mature, concrete and institutionally-established version.

Angeliki Roussou

http://www.gak-bremen.de/index.php?id=1066

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Peles Empire, EVER BUILD 5, 2009/2014, digital print on paper. Courtesy die Künstlerinnen. Photo: Tobias Hübel

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Peles Empire, EVER BUILD, installation view, GAK Bremen, 2014. Courtesy die Künstlerinnen. Photo: Tobias Hübel

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Peles Empire, EVER BUILD, installation view, GAK Bremen, 2014. Courtesy die Künstlerinnen. Photo: Tobias Hübel

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Peles Empire, EVER BUILD, installation view, GAK Bremen, 2014. Courtesy die Künstlerinnen. Photo: Tobias Hübel

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Peles Empire, EVER BUILD, installation view, GAK Bremen, 2014. Courtesy die Künstlerinnen. Photo: Tobias Hübel

 

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Peles Empire, EVER BUILD, installation view, GAK Bremen, 2014. Courtesy die Künstlerinnen. Photo: Tobias Hübel

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