Zbigniew Libera

About artist

Born
7.07.1959

Born in 1959 in Pabianice. Polish artist, author of installations and video installations, photographer and performer, creator of artistic objects. In 1979 he begun the studies at the Faculty of Pedagogy in the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń but after a year he resigned and joined the artistic group “Strych” in Łódź. At the beginning of the 80’s he printed leaflets of the Solidarity movement and in 1981, after introducing the martial law, also leaflets and posters condemning the events in the Wujek coal mine. He is considered the forerunner of the so called body art and queer aesthetics, which he introduced to his photographic auto portraits at the end of 1980’s. His works are the analyses and critical evaluation of established standards, (mass) culture, traditional education models.  The artist studies relations between children’s education and commonly established perception of carnality by creating, among others, macabre “toys”. He addresses the issues of manipulation of images by popular media. However, the main goal of his art is his own experience — confrontation with the reality. Winner of numerous awards, including: Award of TVP Kultura for the book "Co robi łączniczka" (What Does the Liaison Officer Do, 2006, co-author Darek Foks), the Movie Award of the Polish Institute of Movie Art and the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (2011), Gwarancja Kultury 2013 award in the Visual Arts category for the project “Curator: Libera" (2013).

Works

Zbigniew Libera

Doll Design

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