BLIND DATES WITH THE HISTORY OF MANKIND (HOFFNUNG, EXIL UND TOT)
Blauverschiebung No10. Galerie KUB, Leipzig 2017. Performance: Peter Baren, Christopher Utpadel. Images: Christian Liefke
WE THE BLIND PEOPLE? PEACE WILL COME TO ME! 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.
PETER BAREN BLIND DATES WITH THE HISTORY OF MANKIND PERFORMANCES 1980 – 2013, the first monography, was presented at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in May 2014.