about the artist

 

BLIND DATES WITH THE HISTORY OF MANKIND (HOFFNUNG, EXIL UND TOT)
Leipzig 2017. Performance: Christopher Utpadel, Peter Baren. Images: Christian Liefke

 
Circular walks during ART ROTTERDAM 2017
Images: Mariana Lanari
From the series BLIND DATES WITH THE HISTORY OF MANKIND

PETER BAREN * 1954  The Netherlands and lives in Amsterdam. He studied painting at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam from 1972 to 1977. Since his first public performance in 1980 his work has been shown frequently in the Netherlands  and towards an international level during the mid eighties.
In 1989 he was one of the recipients of the PRIX DE ROME Art & Theatre.
Baren’s work is often collaborative; other artists he has worked with in an early stage include a.o. dancer and choreographer Truus Bronkhorst, poet Koos Dalstar and artist Marion Gadiot.
Baren’s multimedia practice includes site-specific public performances which he refered to as ‘temporary explorations’. He uses video both for documenting these performances and to create works which are more medium-specific examinations revolving around the history of mankind, cultural objects and space.

Many of Baren’s pieces revolve around the notion of ritual and the way it functions in various socio-cultural contexts. This is conveyed in his art through the use of concepts of otherness and ancient cultures in works that also employ ‘body art’ techniques although in minimalist settings constructed with historical props.

The series called BLIND DATES WITH THE HISTORY OF MANKIND [2013- present], as a multi-sensory work, searches for a common ground between sensual bewilderment and political commentary, challenging the constructed nature of our ideas on progress and memory, derived from our social and cultural circumstances.

Recent invitations arrived from Great Britain, Slovakia, China, Germany, Thailand, Germany, Mexico, US, Finland, South America.