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Operations on Places

Curator: Waldemar Tatarczuk 8.11.2018 - 5.1.2019

The video begins with a dictionary definition: "Liberation—emancipation from a state of subjugation by some governmental power." In his performance, Cezary Bodzianowski strolls in the center of Lublin, collecting advertising leaflets. The camera follows his journey in the urban space, recording intense images and sounds. He seems to be going with the flow, aimlessly. Meanwhile, he tries to realize his plan, bringing a private mission to an end. A simple gesture of throwing hundreds of leaflets into the bin turns out to be an ironic gesture, attesting to the impotence and entanglement in a reality typified by excess of information. Bodzianowski consistently hones his self-invented performance style called "minimal performance" or "minimal action."


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Cezary Bodzianowski, Liberation, 2008, Location: Downtown Lublin, Video, 6:26 min