At the The Moving Museum's final exhibition at Şişhane Otopark the duo presented a sculpture composed of digital prints and white concrete with pigments. Produced by folding the wallpaper from 'Hands On' before engulfing it in expanded foam, the final object had the appearance of a rinded cheese that had been cut apart. Its abstract cross-sections exposed fractured and obscured images, distant from both the sumptuous ethnographic interiors of Peles Castle and Caferiye Han's bare walls. These objects sat atop an image taken of their wallpaper' 'in the process of being removed, in which the original photographic image – its surface torn and mangled - and the exhibition space's white walls and ribbed ceiling were visible in equal parts. As a fluid collaborative force Peles Empire has previously functioned as an exhibition space, salon and bar. 'IT 'and 'Hands On' embrace adaptivity and flux in a similar manner, hinting at historic and geographic origins while incorporating entropal processes of distribution and installation.
Peles Empire is an artist duo, Katharina Stöver (b. 1982, Gießen) and Barbara Wolff (b. 1980, Fogaras), based in Berlin. The two artists studied at Städelschule, Frankfurt (in the class of Wolfgang Tillmans and Michael Krebber), Slade School of Fine Arts, London and the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Selected solo exhibitions include Kunstverein Kassel, 2017; Wentrup, Berlin, 2016; PRO/NUM, London, 2015; ten pm, Copenhagen, 2015; Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, 2015; Salts, Birsfelden, 2015; Art Cologne, 2015; Wentrup, Berlin, 2014; Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst GAK Bremen, 2014; The Schtip, Sheffield, 2013; Glasgow Sculpture Studios, 2013; Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, 2013 Cell Project Space, London, 2013;. Recent group shows include Skulptur Projekte, Münster, 2017; Sprengel Museum, Kunstverein Hannover, 2017; CARBON 12, Dubai, 2016; BFI, Miami, 2015; Koppe Astner, Glasgow, 2015; Kunstwerke Berlin, 2015; Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2015; Millington Marriot, London, 2015; Hollybush Gardens, London, 2015; Peles Empire received the Scholarship Stiftung Kunstfonds in 2016 and the Kunststiftung Baden Württemberg in 2013.