Book Launch / Talk / Installation
Heinz Peter Knes E.M.T. in MSP

Thursday, October 28, 2021
Installation until November 7, 2021

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Book Launch with Ricardo Domeneck in conversation with Heinz Peter Knes, and an installation of artefacts on site that show traces of contexts that E.M.T. in MSP has passed through over the years.


Edition Taube presents the first publication of German artists Heinz Peter Knes’ E.M.T. in MSP. Taken in the mid-1990s, the celebrated work of 85 photographs documents the artist’s younger siblings Eva, Mirjam and Thomas as they emerge into puberty and young adulthood in the small Catholic town of Fellen. E.M.T. in MSP addresses poignant issues around identity, youth and heritage through a profoundly intimate lens.

The story of E.M.T in MSP’s reception is a curious one. While still a student in the mid 90s, artist Heinz Peter Knes began photographing his younger siblings in the small town of Fellen in Lower Franconia. The photos were plucked by various fashion magazines from the early 2000s forward and presented in a variety of conceits. The images contained something that the editors craved: a combination of innocent youth and a sense of intimate outsiderness.

Over the years the project existed more as a rumor and suggestion than a realized body of work. Named after the siblings, Eva, Mirjam and Thomas, and the district of Main-Spessart, the complexity of E.M.T. in MSP can be seen as an overarching structural principle preventing it from offering an overly simplistic or quick revelation. What made Knes’ work so appealing to editors was how it grasped something about the present moment; an ineffable essence of identity framed by the intimacy between photographer and subjects — a window into a sensibility in its formation.

While the narrative of the siblings’ emergence into puberty and young adulthood is the beating heart of the work, the small Catholic town of Fellen in the Franconian hills serves as a backdrop with a stubborn agency of its own, shaping the lives of its subjects. Beyond these two central themes and sidestepping conceptual neatness, the book also features photographs of other youth and urban spaces, signals that E.M.T. in MSP expands far beyond its main characters . Firstly, his siblings and Fellen, secondly, youth itself, and thirdly, Germany make up the core focus of the project, however Knes also firmly situates the project within a broader historical and geographical conversation. The children are not confined within the context of the place or the art work. They influence and are influenced—they are creatures of politics and history, of family and state.

Heinz Peter Knes, born 1969, studied photography at University of Applied Sciences Dortmund. His work as an artist is located around documentation and photography. He recently exhibited at Sismógrafo, Porto (2021), Künstlerhaus Bremen (2020), Casa Barragán, Mexico City (2019). Amongst his latest activities is also a publication on the Marx-Engels-monument in Berlin (2018) and a documentation on the workshops of Paris Opera (2019).

Heinz Peter Knes E.M.T. in MSP
With text contributions by Kristin Loschert and Bartholomew Ryan
116 pages, 4c offset on two-sided splendorlux paper
Binding thread-sewn softcover, index flap, silkscreened wrapping
Size: 23,5 x 32 cm
Published by Edition Taube, München, Zürich
ISBN 978-3-945900-83-3
Price 32 Euro
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