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Zofia Kulik

Lombard-Fried Projects

Polish artist Zofia Kulik, part of a perfomance duo (with Przemyslaw Kwiek) until 1987, has been occupied for the past several years with composing black and white photomontages that, formally at least, recall stained-glass windows. In these works she combines photographs of a naked male figure (most often her friend Zbigniew Libera, also an artist) in various military poses with prints of, among other things, banners, commemorative wreaths, missiles, as well as stills from television or videos of military parades. Kulik’s photomontages are born of a passion for mining Poland’s communist past: for collecting objects that reflect that vanished era and recording the events that shaped it. In Kulik’s case, it means returning to her life as the daughter of a dressmaker and a military officer; the latter—as the artist recently mentioned in an interview—“was in the Propaganda Department [of the

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