AUGUST 11 - SEPTEMBER 09, 2011


Video, 12 hours



August 11 - September 9, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 11

Harris Lieberman is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in the US 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 double-portraits. 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 death. 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 video in which Grzeszykowska performs choreographed dance compositions.

Screening of the video is synchronized with local time - the artist’s image is multiplied number of times to correspond with the time of day while ticking seconds are indicated by her movements. Each new hour presents a different composition, 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. She lives and works in Warsaw, Poland.