Sunday, June 8, 2014

Peter Fuss is a Polish subversive street artist

Peter Fuss is a Polish subversive street artist.

From the destruction of his show in Prague, back to the painful pre-election question of who would kill the next set of political idealism around the planet, Peter Fuss often works in taboo areas, but his interest never appears to be shock or awe. He’s provoking things, not for the sake of provocation, but at least from our perspective, for bringing them to the surface where they can be seen, dealt with, and time to time, well yeah, destroyed.

His work is diverse enough not to waste time making lumps of it, but it does seem like the material has a large say in the direction this artist takes it as he tends to focus on the statement of the work before understanding or outlining the form it might take.

As a young boy I lived in a country that was not independent. You couldn’t travel abroad, I even remember the period when it was not possible to travel freely between cities – to do that, you needed a special permit, which was checked by the military and the police. The state-controlled television had only two channels, the press was censored and before playing a concert, every band had to have their lyrics approved by institutions which made sure that no dissent was voiced. It was not a free country. You could go to jail for criticizing those in power. You would see “graffiti” saying people wanted freedom, that those in power cheated, that TV lied. The form was unimportant – it was the message that mattered. Those people expressed their need of freedom, they fought the system by writing politically involved slogans. It was their way to manifest their views and express their dissent against the regime. And they really risked prison.”

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