Peggy Buth's third solo exhibition at Klemm's gallery, "The Politics of Selection – Vom Nutzen der Angst" gathers works (video, text, photography) which where created in the last two years during extensive travels through the Midwest of the United States.
Working with the subject voids — with their indeterminacy, their potential to be either disruption or creative space — has been a key aspect of Peggy Buth’s artistic work for some years. Voids can be signs of change. They are breaks in time. They also reflect political, economic, social and cultural processes.
Peggy Buth’s flexible-media group of works "The Politics of Selection – Vom Nutzen der Angst" focuses on voids in the urban space, which she defines as “historical-virtual”: “Those which exist as cultural memory, but which are no longer discernible as such, because they have been destroyed, built over, replaced, gentrified.” (Peggy Buth) The current condition of these (urban) situations, as documented and interpreted by Peggy Buth, is a reflection of the relationship between capitalistic urban space production and space acquisition and between symbolic capital and its associated differentiation processes, in all their complex links and mutual conditionalities. Questions arise both about the motivations and legitimations of the driving forces in such processes, and about the results of such actions in situations with similar conditions and cycles of development. (...)