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Jana Sterbak

Generic Man, 1987-1989, printed of 2002

Duratran display transparency and light box, 204.3 × 153.7 × 15.2 cm

Purchase, with generous funds from the employees of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

A light box contains a photograph of a man’s head and shoulders, viewed from behind; his head is shaved, and the nape of his neck is inscribed with a barcode. Jana Sterbak’s Generic Man questions the perverse effects of our consumer-driven, conformist society. Our personal, social and cultural identity is a central theme in the artist’s work. Through a wide range of techniques that include installation, sculpture, video and photography, Sterbak explores issues raised by some of the most important questions of our day, notably those that deal with notions of human freedom and liberty.

Jana Sterbak

Born in Prague, Tchécoslovaquie, in 1955

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