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The Polish Cultural Institute in New York
together with Central Booking Gallery in Brooklyn,
the After Milosz Festival of Polish Poetry in Chicago,
and the Mills College Center for the Book,
are proud to present


Sunday, September 18, 2011 - Tuesday, October 11, 2011

New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Oakland

Liberature is a project by Zenon Fajfer and Katarzyna Bazarnik. It is a genre of literature that combines poetry with the art of the book in a series of exhibitions, workshops, performances and talks.

In the age of digital publishing Liberature is both the next stage in the life of the printed book - a form of book that cannot be virtualized, that can only exist as a physical object that is thoroughly integrated with its verbal form and content - and a development with a historical context. The works of Fajfer and Bazarnik may take the form of a message printed on acetate and packaged in a half-liter vodka bottle, or of a book with fanfold covers that render the interior and exterior surfaces of the book ambiguous, or of a book with a corner of the cover intentionally torn out, in addition to using all manner of creative printing effects. They are also theorists and historians of this new kind of literature, describing its antecedents in the work of James Joyce, Laurence Sterne, the Symbolists, the Surrealists, and others.

Katarzyna Bazarnik and Zenon Fajfer are Polish writers and editors of the "Liberature" series published in Krakow by Ha!Art. Their jointly written books Oka-leczenie and (O)patrzenie and their theoretical work initiated the liberature movement. They run the Liberature Reading Room at the Malopolska Institute of Culture in Krakow. Bazarnik also teaches English literature at the Jagiellonian University.

The US tour of Liberature is organized by the Polish Cultural Institute in New York in collaboration with CENTRAL BOOKING gallery, the After Milosz festival of Polish poetry in Chicago, the Mills College program in Book Art and the Center for the Book, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Kurier Plus Gallery, Friends of Greenpoint Library, and the Brooklyn Public Library.

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