A volume of photographs by Heinz Peter Knes representing a small selection from his extensive archive of travel photography dating back to 2010.
Unlike a conventional approach to a personal travel log, indexing places and situations, ordered according to chronologies or geographies, the photos and their ordering reflect upon broader cultural themes driven by personal interests, desires, and chance. Knes, in conversation with Julie Ault, ordered the images according to subjective and associative categories influenced by Warburg's “law of the good neighbor”, Warburg's principal of library organization based on the exchange and mutual engagement between books placed next to each other, rather than classical groupings that branch off from general categories such as “fine art” or “photography.” On distance opens up a similar research into the possible languages that emerge within images when they are allowed to be read without restraints of preconceived modes of categorizing knowledge and experience.
Publié à l'occasion de l'exposition « mothertongue » de Danh Vo, au Pavillon danois de la 56e Biennale de Venise, du 9 mai au 22 novembre 2015.
Heinz Peter Knes was born in 1969 in Gemünden am Main (Germany). He now lives and works in Berlin. From 1993 to 1999 he studied photography at the University of Applied Sciences FH in Dortmund. His work was first known through a number of magazine publications. In 1998 he also cofounded the photofanzine “Strahlung”. His work has been shown in a number of solo exhibitions (Porto, Berlin and Mexico City) as well as collective exhibitions (San Francisco, Copenhagen, Los Angeles and Oslo). Various book projects have been in depth researches, for instance into “Hannah Arendt's Library” (2013), the collection of american every day items of Martin Wong, titled “I M U - U R 2” (2013) or the art collection of Julie Ault, “Tell It To My Heart” (2013).