Zbigniew Libera

Zbigniew Libera

Poland

Biography

Zbigniew Libera is one of the most interesting and important Polish artists. His works - photographs, video and films, installations, objects and drawings - piercingly and subversively (in an intellectual way) play with the stereotypes of contemporary culture. His shocking video works from the 80s are  'Intimate Rites' and "'Mystical Perseverance'. In mid-90s, Libera began to create "Correcting Devices" - objects which are modifications of already existing products - objects of mass consumption. He also designs transformed toys - works that reveal the mechanisms of upbringing, education and cultural conditioning, the most famous of which is 'Lego Concentration Camp'. From that moment on, he is one of the pillar of the so-called "critical art", also in the institutional sense - despite the development of his career he is still closely connected with the independent circles. In recent years he has also been preoccupied with photography, especially the specificity of press photography and the ways in which the media shape our visual memory and manipulate the image of history (works from the series 'Positives' and 'Masters', 2003). In 2015, his film WALSER screened at the New Horizons IFF.

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