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Peggy Buth
Vom Nutzen der Angst – The Politics of Selection

13.9.2019, 7 pm


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Curated by
Reinhard Braun

The very title of the current project by Peggy Buth, “Vom Nutzen der Angst – The Politics of Selection” (2014–19), of which an updated segment is being shown at Camera Austria, makes it clear that the artist is one of the most politically defiant of her generation in Germany. How are urban planning, economy, racism, and their representation related?

In the exhibition presented in Graz, the artist explores suburbs of northern Paris like La Courneuve, the Pruitt-Igoe housing complex in St. Louis, Missouri, which was demolished in 1972, and Martin Luther King Boulevard in Kinloch, Missouri. Through these sites, she establishes a space of negotiation related to civil rights movements, acts of resistance, and urban unrest or political emancipation, in contrast to present-day social and ethnic discrimination and exclusion. Peggy Buth is interested in the causes of different forms of exclusion; she raises questions about the meaning of solidarity and empathy, about the history and memory of emancipatory movements and their defeat in the wake of (de)industrialization and globalization.

Yet Peggy Buth does not deliver critical visual essays with a message. Her series are reports of a stopover, a gesture of research, a path of orbit, through which the artist herself engages with the site, surveying her own role in the process and bringing her own capacity for agency into play.

Peggy Buth, from: Then/Now Pruitt-Igoe, 2015.