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.”


Zbigniew Libera

series of staged photographs, printed and reproduced photographically