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Grzegorz Bibro

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Quick Facts
Lives in
Poznan
Works in
Poznan, Berlin
Schools
University of Arts Poznan, 2015, Master's degree in Photography
Representing galleries
Statement and Bio

STATEMENT: 

In my artistic practice I remain close to myself. I'm interested in my own /not my own body, created by me and forming me; relationship with the one who reproduced his body to create me (father) and with the one whose word made flesh (God) - today superficially and repetitively repeated. I want to explore these relationships again, by using photographs, videos and art objects.

In my video performances and photographic series I reconstruct myself as a son, human being, individual, living organism. The camera allows me to change the distance - sometimes it is so close that the body becomes an abstraction and must be completed with words to return to its integrity. Another time, the camera allows me to penetrate the cultural context in which I become a societal unit. It enables the deconstruction of cultural codes inscribed in my body, such as those related to masculinity, or my status as a solitary man, and a believer.

BIO:

I was born in 1978 in Bialogard, West Pomeranian province, Poland. I come from "recovered territories", that belonged to Germany before the Second World War. I grew up in the city, where Soviet soldiers were stationed from 1945 until 1993. Roots are important to me, especially if they are interrupted by the difficult history.  In my work I refer to the stories imprinted in bodies  and passed on from generation to generation.

My mother's family came from the Polish city of Brze┼╝any (present Ukraine) and was resettled in 1945. My father came from central Poland, but was sent to work in Western Pomerania province. I feel that relocation and searching is a part of my heritage, and the journey is far more than just a metaphor of life. Awareness of the past reminds me of who I am. I also believe in the subconscious influence of my ancestors, a kind of subcutaneous communication / continuity and memory of the body.

I come from Poland, a religious country, and was brought up in a small city in 1980-90 in communist times. The church was supporting people in fighting with the system, but at the same time was imposing the perception of body based on guilt and sin. Nowadays, in capitalism, I still feel that I do not belong to the church, although I have faith. A sort of spirituality typical of Slavic people.

As an artist I use photography, neon objects and installations, in order to show the idea of body, faith and their relations (dependences) from my own perspective. Video works are often results of performances based on my experience concerning relations with my father. I explore my roots and inherited  features, which make me a kind of copy/ imprint / palimpsest.