Peter Baren

Peter Baren (The Netherlands, 1954) lives in Amsterdam and works on performances and other presentations. He studied painting at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam from 1972 to 1977. Since his first public performance in 1980 his work has been shown frequently in the Netherlands and from the mid-eighties on an international level. Baren’s work is often collaborative; other artists he has worked with in an early stage include a.o. Stuart Sherman performance artist, Truus Bronkhorst dancer and choreographer, Koos Dalstra / Dalstar criminologist and poet and  artist Marion Gadiot. In 1989 he was one of the recipients of the PRIX DE ROME Art & Theatre. Baren’s multimedia practice includes site-specific public performances which he refered to as ‘temporary explorations’. He uses video both for documenting these performances and to create works which are more medium-specific examinations revolving around the history of mankind, cultural objects and space. Many of Baren’s pieces revolve around the notion of ritual and the way it functions in various socio-cultural contexts. This is conveyed in his art through the use of concepts of otherness and ancient cultures in works that also employ ‘body art’ techniques although in minimalist settings constructed with historical props.

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