Peggy Buth’s artistic practice is not limited to just one medium. Her sculptural objects, video and sound installations, photographs, and pictorial objects explore the deconstruction of (institutional) systems of representation in art, literature, politics, history, and science. In her works, the perspectives of different media shift and intertwine, revealing what is suppressed in cultural constructions of meaning and identity. Her roughly troweled surfaces of tar and bitumen, cuts made into carpets, monuments whose important figures are missing, and framed photographs with writing carved into the glass make the conflict between the claim to representation and what this causes to fall by the wayside tangible. Fragments of words and sounds testify to the difficulty of acquiring the cultural tools of language and speaking, while videos bring together historical and fictional elements, thus blurring the border between the two in a new narration.
Peggy Buth designs her exhibitions as “open systems”: “Allusions, codes, and references are chosen intentionally, but they are at once revealed as mere ‘material’ and they resist the idea of a permanent fixation. Instead, their constant questioning, shifting and re-absorbing are exposed as a deliberate method.” (Sebastian Klemm)
PEGGY BUTH, born in 1971 in Berlin, lives and works in Berlin. Selected Exhibitions: 2012 Big Picture III (Szenen), Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K21, Düsseldorf; 2010 Listeners & Typewriters, KLEMM´S, Berlin, Von A nach B, von B nach P, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld, Das Blaue vom Himmel, Arbeiterkammer, Vienna; 2009 Desire in Representation, kjubh Kunstverein e.V., Cologne, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, and Parc Saint Leger - Centre d'art contemporain, Pougues-les-Eaux, France (2011); 2007 Wir haben keine Probleme, Bergen Kunsthall, Norway, made in germany, kestnergesellschaft / Sprengel Museum / Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover; 2004 Der Sprung im Wasserglas, Kunstraum B/2, Leipzig
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