Peter Piller

Barbara Wien

Peter Piller is a slacker. Yet far from hanging out at the water cooler, staring at the screensaver, or chatting up the temps, Piller belongs to that rare breed of slacker who remains incredibly industrious while wasting time. Indeed, Piller must have been active all day at his office, a Hamburg media agency that has been the source of the images from German regional newspapers in his growing archive, not to mention the stationery for his doodles. In the last two years, the artist has published eight—yes, eight—of twenty planned volumes of Archiv Peter Piller, amassing stereotypical shots from the local papers: happy people touching new cars, empty fields where the next mall will be built, blurry faces of wanted criminals captured by surveillance cameras.

For this exhibition, “Durchkämmten” (Combed Through), Piller selected pictures of police searching for missing—and presumably

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