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Lego. Concentration Camp, 1996
Set of 7 boxes of LEGO bricks, different sizes

Each box contains a set of bricks, that can be used to build the element of a concentration camp as shown on the box. All elements in the sets as well as those depicted on the boxes have either been taken from the mass-produced sets of LEGO bricks, or have been slightly altered by the artist. The prisoners are played by smiling skeletons from the "Pirate" set, while slightly modified figurines from the "Police Station" set appear as tormenters. We also encounter the captain of the camp and the psychopathic doctor, conducting experiments on prisoners. Libera says: "Initially, I was considering building a Soviet gulag, but that didn't work - it failed to refer to the images I've had in my head and did not communicate my ideas. My intention was to reflect on rationalism and education."

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  Zbigniew Libera, Lego, 1996
Lego. Concentration Camp, 1996,
studio photograph, 20 x 30 cm (fragment),

Zbigniew Libera, Lego, 1996
Lego. Concentration Camp, 1996, brick set



Christus ist Mein Leben, 1990

The piece was first exhibited at the exhibition "Bakunin in Dresden", Kunstpalast Duesseldorf (1990). Made on the basis of an earlier drawing, the work provides a reflection on the new, in the polish reality of that time, mixture of religion and capitalism.

Zbigniew Libera, Christus ist Mein Leben, 1990




Nut, 1985
series of 5 photographs, silver gelatin print, total dimensions: 40 x 150 cm

One of series of photographs taken by the artist in 1980s in Lodz, but exhibited for the first time 20 years later, at a show in Raster (2006). Libera says: "During the martial law the city services and the police would clean the streets erasing all writings and posters, particularly those distributed by underground organizations. I have noticed however, that small papers, covered in handwriting and usually hung at bus stops, electricity poles, etc. were ignored. I don't know who wrote them, but I'm sure it was the work of one man - "some crazy person". The papers interested me as an example of activity so marginal, that it didn't even disturb the authorities or attract the attention of other services."

Zbigniew Libera, Wariat, 1985

Zbigniew Libera, Wariat, 1985



 

Body Master, 1994-1997
two devices, size 115 x 46 x 71 cm each, two advertising posters

One of the first "Correcting Devices" by Libera. Two body-building devices and an advertising poster, adjusted to the body size of 7-9 years old boys. Fully functional, modeled on authentic devices, the only difference being very light weights here made from paper. This toy replicates an actual body-building machine, but the only thing that can be trained here is the child's psyche. The work was conceived in two versions, the first, prototype, is currently in the collection of the Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw.

  Zbigniew Libera, Body Master, 1994-1997
 
Zbigniew Libera, Body Master, 1994-1997



Girl, 1994
pencil on paper, 40 x 62 cm

Zbigniew Libera, Girl, 1994



Delivery Bed. Play Kit for Girls, 1996

Three delivery beds for girls adjusted to the body size of 7-9 year old girls. Libera speaks about this as well as other works from the "correcting devices" series: "Those were supposed to be objects using the aesthetics of persuasion. Not only aesthetic, that is meant to be looked at, but truly functional in the sense of having the same potential as they have in reality. I was interested by the way objects affect us and mould us. What influence do toys have on children? I was considering the fact how a functional aspect of well-known objects could possibly be discredited? It came to me this could be achieved by disruption. By building an almost identical, persuasive object and using the same aesthetics and technology. It should work in a similar way, yet somewhat differently, as if it was genetically engineered. I wanted to inject an internal "virus" which would disjoin the object and the domain in which it operates."

Zbigniew Libera, Delivery bed, 1996


Zbigniew Libera, Delivery bed, 1996



Ken's Aunt, 1994
24 dolls in cardboard boxes, [24x] 32 x 8 x 5 cm

Zbigniew Libera, Kens Aunt, 1994



You Can Shave The Baby, 1995
10 dolls in cardboard boxes, [10x] 55,9 x 20,3 x 25,4 cm
Zbigniew Libera, You Can Shave The Baby, 1995

Zbigniew Libera, You Can Shave The Baby, 1995



Hermafrodyta, 1986
series of 24 photographs, silver gelatin print, total dimensions: 120 x 240 cmm

Series of video stills from a film destroyed by the artist in fear of the Polish special police (UB): "Then came the time, it was two years after I was released from prison, when I started having those visits again. I was afraid of being charged with pedophilia or sexual harassment. This is why I have destroyed the film. But since I felt so sorry for doing it, as I thought it was very good - I took some photos. The film itself was created accidentally. Children of my friends would often visit my mom's flat. Since I had a video camera I often plugged in closed circuit, so that the TV would be connected directly with the camera, and the children played with it. "Hermaphrodite" was a result of one of those spontaneous actions - an extraordinary children's dance to the music by Nina Hagen".

Zbigniew Libera, Hermafrodyta, 1986

Zbigniew Libera, Hermafrodyta, 1986



Somebody Else, 1988
3 photographs, silver gelatin print, 30 x 40 cm each

Series of Libera's self-portraits employing the - unknown in Polish art at the time - queer genre, and at the same time, referring to the classical photographs of Claude Cahun.

Zbigniew Libera, Ktoś inny, 1988

Zbigniew Libera, Ktoś inny, 1988



Positives, 2002-2003
Series of staged photographs, printed and reproduced photographically

Series of photographs restaging the famous historical press photos in a "positive version" - repeating the original in terms of composition, but changing the characters and the general meaning of the captured events. "The series is another attempt at playing with trauma" Libera comments, "we are always dealing with memorized objects, not the objects themselves. I wanted to employ this mechanism of seeing and remembering and touch upon the phenomenon of memory's afterimages. This is how we actually perceive those photographs ["Positives"] - the harmless scenes trigger flashbacks of the brutal originals. I have picked the "negatives" from my own memory, from among the images I remembered from the childhood."


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Zbigniew Libera, Positives, 2002-2003 Che.Next Picture, 2003, photograph, 120 x 175 cm



What Is a Messenger Girl Doing, 2005
In cooperation with Darek Foks
book, 21 cm x 16 cm, 66 kartek, offset print
published by Ars Cameralis Silesiae Superioris, Katowice, 2005
french edition: "Ce quait fe E'Stafette" - transl. Erik Veau, published by Onestar Press, 2006

The book consists of 63 chapters - this is the number of days the Warsaw Uprising lasted - while each chapter consists of one-page photograph and one page of text. Libera has prepared a series of illustrations to the text by Darek Foks - collages combining the war scenery and faces of woman film stars from the 1930's to 1970's appearing as liaison officers. "The non-camera technique I have employed" says Libera, "seems to match the technique Darek used for writing. The proper text appeared after I have presented him with sixty-three pictures of liaison officers."



Zbigniew Libera, Co robi łączniczka, 2005

Zbigniew Libera, Co robi łączniczka, 2005

Zbigniew Libera, Co robi łączniczka, 2005 Zbigniew Libera, Co robi łączniczka, 2005



La Vue, 2004-2006
series of 9 color photographs, 100 x 150 cm eacha

Series of photographs taken with a traditional, analogue camera with macro lens. It depicts images, almost like abstract landscapes, created between the pages of glossy magazines or photo albums. The title of the series "La Vue" has been taken from the novels of the french experimental writer Raymond Roussel (1877-1933) whose exceptional literary method became an inspiration for Libera. Just like in the case of Roussel "the language writes itself", in the case of Libera we see the process of seeing itself, however both here and there we are offered a surprising journey into the world of which we were not aware so far

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Zbigniew Libera, La Vue, 2004-2006