Artist's book, based on Peter Voigt and Arno Fischer's project developed for the
Marx-Engels-Forum in Berlin.
In 1986, four double-stelae were erected in Berlin as a part of the Marx-Engels-Forum, which display 144 photographs, showing the development of the working class. Commissioned by the state, filmmaker Peter Voigt and photographer Arno Fischer developed a formal translation for Marx's and Engel's philosophy of history. In line with their documentational focus, the two artists were concerned with demonstrating the historical situation of the international working class, its grief, and its overcoming. The photographs, compiled from archives worldwide, constitute the foundation of the project. The chosen motifs respond to historical events as well as figures, depict everyday life and illustrate “circumstances”.
For the publication, Heinz Peter Knes and Dominikus Müller reconstructed the development of the photo stelae by conducting interviews with witnesses and researching archival material. Dominikus Müller and Kito Nedo transferred the research into a text. Heinz Peter Knes reproduced all of the 144 photographs eroded on the stelae in their current condition, including their wear and tear. This is a book about temporality and the representation of a social condition.
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).
See also Andrée Putman at the CAPC by Heinz Peter Knes