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HVW8 Gallery, Myspace and Sinecure Books present:
Photographs by Peter Beste

Event Date: January 24th 2014
Time : 7-10pm
The exhibition will run through: February 16th 2014


661 N Spaulding Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

“This book defines Houston Hip Hop!” – Bun B, UGK

On the heels of Peter Beste’s second major book of photography (his debut, True Norwegian Black Metal was published by Vice Books in 2008) HVW8 Gallery, Myspace and Houston Rap’s publisher, Sinecure Books, are proud to present a rare gallery show of the photos that arose from Beste’s immersion into the everyday life of the Houston Hip Hop community.
Beste has exhibited his photography in the US, UK, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Spain, Colombia, Denmark, Japan, France, Canada, Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Italy. He has been featured in publications such as Visionaire, British Journal of Photography, Dazed & Confused, Vice, XXL, Vibe, Modern Painters, and Houston Chronicle.
Beste spent nine years documenting the Houston, Texas neighborhoods of Fifth Ward, Third Ward, and South Park, which have grown to be hallowed ground for modern hip hop culture, possessing self-contained celebrities, entrepreneurs, support networks, and a micro-economy of their own.
Houston Rap profiles noted artists such as Bun B of UGK, Z-Ro, Big Mike, K-Rino, Willie D of the Geto Boys, Lil’ Troy, and Paul Wall, alongside departed legends such as DJ Screw, Pimp C, and Big Hawk.

The work also features community leaders, rappers, producers, businessmen, and family members, all providing an astonishing and important insight into a great American cultural narrative.
 â€œWe take you from the projects to the studio to the strip club and back, all along with an on-going oral history narrative from the people of the culture.” “We see it as an immersion,” says Peter Beste. “The idea was always to provide an insight into the community of the arguably most powerful Hip Hop scene in the world today.”

Sinecure Books is an independent publishing house dedicated to producing books and records of 20th/21st Century popular art, music, and photography. Started by Johan Kugelberg and Eothen Alapatt, Sinecure has offices in New York and Los Angeles.
Sinecure’s projects have been featured in such venues as New York Times, Rolling Stone, Details, NPR, Dazed & Confused, Pitchfork, BBC, Esquire (UK), The Guardian, Mojo, Spin, Time Out NY, Vice (US and UK), Le Monde (FR) and Liberation (FR)

HVW8 Art + Design Gallery was founded in 2006 with a focus on supporting fine art & avant-garde graphic design. It soon became one of the premier underground galleries in Los Angeles and over the past 6 years has exhibited emerging and established artists from around the world. HVW8 has also hosted numerous musical performances and special events, continuing to cement its reputation under gallery curator Tyler Gibney as an exhibition space for artists to showcase their varied creative expression. Past exhibitors include Parra, Geoff McFetridge, Kevin Lyons, Hassan Rahim, Lance Mountain, Lisa Leone, Craig Costello (aka Krink) and more.
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