Focusing on portraiture, Heinz Peter Knes (b. Germany, 1969) began his photographic
career in the late 90s with images that clearly, and in retrospective, project a particular
interest in personal narratives and the biographic. The images that Knes himself
selected for this exhibition exist as a consequence of different roles and fields in which
he has made incursions throughout different periods of his professional life.
For his exhibition at Museo Tamayo, intimation allover, the artist casts aside categories
or genre conventions in photography—landscape, portraiture, still life, documentation
on travels—so as to privilege, instead, ways of understanding the complexity of
constructed compositions within a vast production, by means of subtle decisions
in relation to distribution, hanging and display itself. Parallel to this, Knes has
continuously reexamined photographic production techniques, achieving in such
way a larger conversation with the historic tradition of this medium.
The photographs in this exhibition are shared in their elemental form: decontextualized
from a larger narrative that exceeds them, which allows for them to accumulate
sense and strength in themselves, just as in the interrelation they play with and
against the classic conventions of presentation and sequence.
Heinz Peter Knes (b. Germany, 1969. Lives and works in Berlin). He has exhibited in
solo and group shows in The Wattis Institute, San Francisco (2015); Galeria Quadrado
Azul, Porto (2013); Galerie für Moderne Fotografie, Berlin (2010); and Galerie September,
Berlin (2008). He has published the books: on distance (Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa
Noite, 2015); I-M-U U-R-2 (Galerie Buchholz, 2013); Tell It To My Heart (Hatje Cantz,
2013); and Hannah Arendt’s Library (2013).