Born: 1974 – Torhout – Belgium
1997 – M.A. – in Art: KASK Ghent – Belgium
2016 – PhD – UAP Poznan – Poland
Selected individual exhibitions:
2015 – Communication As Violence – MONA, Poznań, Poland
2014 – Exile Travel / New Version – In Between – Brussels, Belgium
2011 – Idol, Icon Idiot – Brugge, Belgium
2010 – l’Histoire Occulte Des Belges – Untitled Gallery, Gent, Belgium
2006 – Kultuuritheas Festial, Tallinn, Estonia
Selected group exhibitions:
2016 – ‚MKH Biennale’ – Halberstadt, Germany
2016 – ‚Error X’ / Ostrale – Dresden, Germany
2015 – ‘Decline’/Brakke Grond – Amsterdam, Holland
2015 – Boondocks – Kunsthalle Faust, Hannover, Germany
2013 ‘Territory’ – Atelier van Lieshout Performance, Rotterdam, holland
2010 – Erased Walls – Mediations Biennale Poznań, Poland
Peter Puype lives and works in Ghent. With his work he responds to social events, interpersonal relationships, the shocking lack of understanding and empathy, the territorial sense, corruption, deception … In short: what is quite wrong in society. The parody not odd to him. Sometimes his work manages to sow doubt and often very diverse substantive responses to his work. Due to his deep-rooted commitment and keen insight he does not work for the display.
His criticism and vision usually take shape through by the thoughtful use of language wich he gives a graphic form. By being alert and responding quickly, the society provides him with more regularity than fodder for artistic (re)action.
The powerful message quoted prevails, the words, phrases and images sink in, although the color and shape often play a decisive role. Sometimes he expresses himself also through videos and performances and if you look carefully you will surely find humor in his work.
“United in diversity”, the motto of the European Union, first came into use in 2000.
It signifies how Europeans have come together, in the form of the EU, to work for peace and prosperity, while at the same time being enriched by the continent’s many different cultures, traditions and languages.