Zbigniew Libera (PL)

19.11 - 23.11.2012

Zbigniew Libera is one of the most interesting and important Polish artists. His works - photographs, video 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 (among others "Intimate Rites" and "Mystical Perseverance") preceded "body art" by 10 years. In the mid-90s, Libera began to create "Correcting Devices" - objects which are modifications of already existing products - objects of mass consumption (among others "Universal Penis Expander" and "Body Master. A Play Kit for Children"). 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 became one of the pillars of the so-called "critical art", also in the institutional sense - despite the later development of his career, he is still closely connected with 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).

19.11 - 23.11.2012
Open Form workshop
22.11.2012 / 16:00 / VŠVU H135 / Public lecture
30 Years in Art / Presentation of the artist´s oeuvre

The project was supported by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic (KEGA).