Issue #26 – Fall 2015

Peter Friedl. Images at War

When invited to contribute to Peep-Hole Sheet, Peter Friedl decided to publish for the first time a selection of notes from his private diaries. Written between October 2014 and July 2015, these notes follow no chronological order and fall into no narrow thematic sphere, ranging freely between art, literature, history and current events. From Tolstoy to Pasolini and from Fascism to Islamic terrorism, the many annotations that make up “Images at War” from an intricate mosaic of reflections whose radical diversity conveys the complexity of his thinking, and of the critical, historical and political awareness that distinguishes it. The journals from which these notes are drawn are part of a broader ongoing project titled The Diaries (1981-2015), recently presented at the 56th Venice Biennale and in the artist’s solo exhibition at Centre d’art contemporain – La Synagogue de Delme: a vast collection of diaries that Peter Friedl has been compiling for over 20 years, which shows how writing has always played a central role in his artistic practice.

Peter Friedl (Oberneukirchen Austria, 1960), lives and works in Berlin.

Peep-Hole Sheet is a quarterly of writings by artists. Each issue is dedicated solely to one artist, who is invited to contribute with an unpublished text whose content is completely free in terms both of subject and format. The texts are published in their original language, with accompanying translation in English. Peep-Hole Sheet is meant for those who believe artists are catalysts for ideas all around us, and who want to read their words without any filter. Over time it aspires to build up an anthology of writings that might open new perspectives for interpreting and understanding our times. Peep-Hole Sheet is published and distributed by Mousse Publishing.