Jerzy Bereś engaged in the performance art in 1968, when he began performing actions he called ‘Manifestations’, in which the artist dealt with moral and existential issues related to living under totalitarian rule. Appearing naked, he painted symbols, signs, mottos, and slogans on his body, often lit fire, and conversed with audiences about life, art, and ethics. He authored more than 100 Manifestations.
Archive of the Maria Pinińska-Bereś and Jerzy Bereś Foundation contains photographic documentation of the artist’s performances (B&W and colour prints, slide and negative films, digital media), related manuscripts, drawings and items. Along with the digitization of subsequent fields of the archive, the on-line repository will be successively updated.