The Doll You Love to Undress
The Doll You Love to Undress are two dolls that resemble mass-produced toys, packed in cardboard boxes with a transparent front. The difference between these and ordinary dolls is the visible internal organs attached to their naked, cut-up bodies. This work was presented as one of the elements of the Corrective Devices exhibition, presented at the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in 1996. Libera perceives dolls as tools of socialization for introducing girls to the behaviours and roles assigned to their gender.
Naked dolls can also relate to other cultural and social contexts – for example, Rembrandt’s famous The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp, in which a group of male observers participate in an autopsy. As with Rembrandt, Libera’s viewers are curious voyeurs rather than experts carrying out scientific, anatomical research. The title of the work suggests treating women as objects – as if they were intended to be observed, to display their sexual characteristics and to play getting undressed. Libera’s dolls expose the absurd extension of this, to the point of exposing the inside of their bodies.