Even here, I exist
12 March — 26 April 2020
Barakat Contemporary is delighted to present the German artist group Peles Empire with the exhibition <Even here, I exist> for the gallery’s first show in 2020.
Peles Empire is a collaborative duo consisting of the artists Katharina Stoever and Barbara Wolff. In 2005, the artists visited Peleș Castle, Romania, where they were fascinated by the mix of historical styles. After photographing the interior of the castle, they began a collaborative project. The artists’ process of duplication experiments with the abstraction of the original, and the creation of a new original. The work shows and blurs the ordinary dichotomies and hierarchies between original and copy, historical and contemporary, elegant and lowbrow, and two-dimensional versus three-dimensional.
The group’s first exhibition in Asia, this show at Barakat Contemporary presents new works inspired by traditional Korean ceramics, including Goryeo period celadon, as well as a site-specific installation in reaction to the gallery space. Due to the tendency of the duo to have traces of past works reappear in new ones, this exhibition in Seoul will also be absorbed into the later works of Peles Empire and continue cultural hybridization in new areas.
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To prevent the spreading of the Corona 19 virus, the exhibition “Even here, I exist” will be only accessible to visitors who have made a reservation in advance. Please wear a mask when you visit. We ask for your patience and cooperation and wish you the best of health.
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Peles Empire is a two-person collaboration composed of the artists Barbara Wolff (b. 1980, Romania) and Katharina Stöver (b. 1982, Germany). They studied at the Stedelschule School of Art in Germany, the Slade School of Art in the UK, and the Royal Academy. Since the establishment of the group in 2005, Peles Empire have also run a variety of exhibition spaces under the same name, first in London, England and Cluj, Romania, and now in collaboration with other artists in operating a space in Berlin, Germany. Peles Empire’s major solo exhibitions include Austria’s Kunsthaus Graz (2019), Germany’s Kunst Verein (2017), Wilhelm-Hack-Museum (2015), and Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (2013), and England’s Glasgow Sculpture Studio (2013), and London Cell Project Space (2013). Major international group exhibitions include the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Scotland (2019), the Skulptur Projekte Münster in Germany (2017), the Sprengel Museum in Hanover, Germany (2017), the KW Institute in Germany (2015), and the UK’s ICA (2011) and Frieze Projects (2011). The works of Peles Empires are currently held in leading permanent collections including the European Central Bank, the KAI 10 / Arthena Foundation, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, and Sammlung für zeitgenössische Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Germany.