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Kim Lieberman is a conceptual artist, honouring concept above medium. Whilst exploring responsibility, generosity and social response, Lieberman works with various items, including lace, post, puzzles and money, that are all part of ancient or antique traditions. She has re-established a different connection with them, using them in a subversive context and shifting the content of how they read traditionally. Lieberman embraces the facts of their history, as the history brings deep, secure and embedded concepts that these items contain. They form the base for the concepts in her own works, together with the meaningful community projects that she undertakes.
She values and considers our human impact on each other across history and geography, and her work questions, as well as assists, our understanding and behaviour concerning this impact.
In a recent series of works she has ‘framed the heads’ of political and ethical figures such as Albie Sachs, Thuli Madonsela and Yvonne Mokgoro, with antique or handmade lace. Lace, which traditionally was only worn by aristocracy and royalty in Europe in centuries gone by, is redirected to a space where ‘true royalty’ – values, morals, and leadership, are preferred to a bloodline. She has focused on Africa in these works.
These works also led to Lieberman making a lace collar for Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who wears lace as a political feminist statement.
She has also been on numerous group exhibitions including Love Lace at the PowerHouse Museum (Sydney), Shaman Showman (Esso Gallery, New York), After the Diagram (White Box Gallery, New York), Twenty (Appalachian University, North Carolina) and local exhibitions such as HitchHiker (1997), Navigating the Bookscape (2006), Social Pattern (2009), and Nirox Sculpture Park | Winter (2014).
In 2017, Lieberman installed two permanent public sculptures. Both run the length of a street (Human Intersection in Maboneng, and Royal Block in a township outside Graaff Reneit). The third installation is a sculpture for the area outside the South African Constitutional Court, ConHill, Johannesburg.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2008 Human Constellations, Gallery AOP, Johannesburg
2006 Human Currents, Esso Gallery, New York
2006 Human Currents, Art on Paper Gallery, Johannesburg
2004 Current, Esso Gallery, New York
2003 Every Interaction Interrupts the Future, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
2000 Blood Relatives, Camouflage Art. Culture. Politics, Johannesburg
1997 Pushing the Envelope, The Mark Coetzee Fine Art Cabinet, Cape Town
1996 Notice Absence, The Civic Gallery, Johannesburg