Overview participating exhibitions

Der Aa-kerk
2017

Der Aa-kerk

Peter Voigt

THE STRANGELOVE COLLECTION (2009-present)

Since 2009, Peter Voigt has been collecting vintage photographs. He now owns more than a thousand old originals depicting nuclear research, the development of the atom bomb and the United States’ first rockets. They were taken during the nineteen thirties and the nineteen seventies. They are press images, for instance, about how you can survive a nuclear attack, or photographs that national laboratories commissioned to document their activities. The childish enthusiasm and the scientific innocence displayed in the photographs can be viewed as the blueprint for contemporary scientific expeditions to unknown territories. In the current transition from paper to digital archives, many of the unique images have landed on the free market indirectly – first entire archives were sold, after which their new owners broke them down into pieces.

War Machines
2009

War Machines

Peter Voigt

P.W. Voigt

When P.W. Voigt attended a NATO air show just after the attacks of September 11, he was surprised by the enthusiastic responses from the audience. Did people need this display of fire-power and military strength to restore their shattered world image? That was his impetus for beginning STRANGELOVE, a long-running and still unfinished investigation into the meaning of weapons in peacetime. By examining their public manifestations Voigt exposes the emotions lying behind them. He shows us the flexing of military muscles in the parade and the devout silence of the museum, where weapons are sometimes relics of glorious victories and sometimes a protest against senseless destruction. Their meaning changes over time. The promise of destruction becomes the memory of the promise, the excitement makes way for sentiment and pathos.

  • STRANGELOVE (2009)

    When P.W. Voigt attended a NATO air show just after the attacks of September 11, he was surprised by the enthusiastic responses from the audience. Did people need this display of fire-power and military strength to restore their shattered world image? That was his impetus for beginning STRANGELOVE, a long-running and still unfinished investigation into the meaning of weapons in peacetime. By examining their public manifestations Voigt exposes the emotions lying behind them. He shows us the flexing of military muscles in the parade and the devout silence of the museum, where weapons are sometimes relics of glorious victories and sometimes a protest against senseless destruction. Their meaning changes over time. The promise of destruction becomes the memory of the promise, the excitement makes way for sentiment and pathos.

  • STRANGELOVE (2009)

  • STRANGELOVE (2009)

  • STRANGELOVE (2009)

  • STRANGELOVE (2009)

Biography

Peter Voigt (West Germany, 1963) studied Geophysics at the Goethe University Frankfurt, and Visual Communication at the Hochschule Darmstadt. He works as an artist and industrial photographer, and is the founder of the Institute for the Harmonious Development of Art and Photography. In 2009, his series Strangelove was exhibited at the Noorderlicht Photo Festival Human Conditions.

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