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Sophia Peer, 2016
Edition of 25
28 pages, color, digital printing.
sound piece recorded on a cassette tape, 9min.
This zine contains a slideshow of snapshot images from Peer’s parents’ vacations across the US. It is narrated by her father and soundtracked by a Hebrew version of Simon and Garfunkel’s song “America”. The juxtapositions and parallels between what Peer’s father is saying and the images, suggest that his words are both purely descriptive and existentially significant.
Sophia Peer is a New York based director and artist. Peer was born in Queens, New York. She received her B.A. from SUNY Purchase and her M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY. Her work has been shown at the Whitney Museum of Art, Anthology Film Archives, the Sculpture Center, Interstate Projects, Kate Werble Gallery, The Queens Museum and MoMa.
Using performance, video, sculpture, and photography, Peer’s work stubbornly forces the viewer to realize fictional situations. In the wake of unreached goals and unfulfilled desires, Peer constructs scenarios in which failure is almost certain. Whether reducing the harsh trials of her parents’ immigrant experience into a fun US road-trip slideshow, singing an unrehearsed opera song repeatedly as her “last” ditch effort, or turning hot-dogs into tapping fingers, the very attempt creates evidence of its possibility as well as its absurdity. Her work challenges what makes an object, relationship or life experience real.