Harris Lieberman is pleased to present the first US solo exhibition
of Polish artist Aneta Grzeszykowska. Working primarily in photography
and film, the artist explores notions of feminism, personal history,
absence and time. The exhibition features a recent film and an artist’s
book of collages.
LOVEBOOK (2010) is a homage and a dialog with the works of six contemporary
female artists - Ana Mandieta, Birgit Jurgensen, Francesca Woodman, Hannah
Wilke, Helen Chadwick and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. These artists used their
bodies to challenge the notions of self-portraiture and comment on issues
of identity, violence, life and death; means and subject matter close
to Grzeszykowska's own work. The book consists of collages in which
the artist places herself within the iconic artworks of the aforementioned
women, creating somewhat disturbing, para-erotic, surrealist doubleportraits.
The dynamic between the subjects keeps shifting from tenderness
to violence; Grzeszykowska seems to be devouring her heroins.
Grzeszykowska, pregnant with her first child while working on this book,
chose the six artists for their untimely and tragic deaths. The contrast
between the anticipated new life and the inevitability of the six’s demise
brings forth a familiar subject of life and death, while reflecting on how
Grzeszykowska’s own work has been shaped by these six women.
CLOCK (2011) is a 12-hour long video in which Grzeszykowska performs
choreographed dance compositions. The video is shown in sync with hours
of the day - the artist’s image is multiplied number of times to correspond
with the time of day. With each new hour, new composition unfolds with
another ‘copy’ of the artist added to the scene.
Aneta Grzeszykowska (b.1974) received her masters degree from Graphic Arts
Department at the Warsaw Fine Arts Academy. Her work has been widely
exhibited in Europe and the US and is currently on view at the New Museum
as part of the exhibition ‘Ostalgia’.