Zbigniew Libera

BORN 1959, Pabianice

Zbigniew Libera was born in 1959 in Pabianice. He is one of few Polish visual artists without any artistic education. In the 80’s, he was part of the Kultura Zrzuta in Łódź, also one of the editors of the legendary Tango magazine. As the co-leader of the punk group Sternehoch, he combined performance and music. Creator of works on gender issues, traditional models of upbringing and social politics on the body, including works recognized as fundamental to critical art, for example Intimate Rites and How to Train Little Girls. Libera continued to explore this issue in the 90’s. Works created after the year 2000 discuss mainly the role and functioning of media images. The photographic series Positives and the book published together with Darek Foks What does a Liaison Officer do relate to these topics.

La Vue
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Zbigniew Libera

La Vue

2004 / c-print / 100 x 150 cm / no. 0119 1/ 2 Wróć
Description

La Vue is a series of large photographs, bringing to mind landscapes, which seduce with their beauty. Their aesthetic is quite surprising, considering Libera’s oeuvres, who is mainly known for his critical, often controversial works. The La Vue series was created by using a macro lens to photograph magazines and albums. The title, an important clue in the decryption of the work, is derived from the prose of writer Raymond Roussel, who experimented with the technique of writing. La Vue is an attempt at "peripheral vision", of noticing the existence of what we did not realize existed: "By peripheral vision I understand all the images that our eye rejects as rubbish, something out of focus, imprecisely captured, blurred, something which is moving, visual mistakes, for example a newspaper page viewed at an angle, even before you set it perpendicularly to your eye. "

 

The “La Vue” series is of particular importance in the collection of the ING Polish Art Foundation, which includes works created since the 90’s of the 20th century, i.e. since the appearance of ING Group in Poland. The time of transformation includes, among others, changes taking place in public and media space. "La Vue" is an attempt to liberate the recipient of the habits imposed by commercialized visual culture. At the same time it reveals the power of images. What seems to just be beautiful, aesthetically sophisticated, can be very critical at the same time, aimed at the non-reflective receiving of cultural codes.

La Vue
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Zbigniew Libera

La Vue

2004 / c-print / 100 x 150 cm / no. 0120 2/ 2 Wróć
Description

The La Vue series is of particular importance in the collection of the ING Polish Art Foundation, which includes works created since the 90’s of the 20th century. This period of transformation includes, among others, changes taking place in public and media space. La Vue is an attempt to liberate the recipient of the habits imposed by commercialized visual culture. At the same time it reveals the power of images. What seems to just be beautiful, aesthetically sophisticated, can be very critical at the same time, aimed at the non-reflective perception of cultural codes.

 

Zbigniew Libera was born in 1959 in Pabianice. He is one of few Polish visual artists without any artistic education. In the 80’s, he was part of the Kultura Zrzuta in Łódź, also one of the editors of the legendary Tango magazine. As the co-leader of the punk group Sternehoch, he combined performance and music. Creator of works on gender issues, traditional models of upbringing and social politics on the body, including among others, works recognized as fundamental to critical art, i.e. Intimate rites and How to Train Little Girls. Libera continued to explore these issues in the 90’s. Works created after the year 2000 mainly discuss the role and functioning of media images. The photographic series Positives and the book published together with Darek Foks What does a Liaison Officer do relate to these topics.

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