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22.01.2022 - 06.03.2022
Palais Thurn und Taxis, Gallusstraße 10A, 6900 Bregenz

OPENING: Saturday, 22.01.2022
CLOSING EVENT: Sunday, 06.03.2022
WHERE: Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz, Österreich

Marko Zink is present:
Saturday 05.02.2022 5 - 7 pm
Sunday 06.02.2022 11 am - 1 pm

Marko Zink's presentation of entirely new works at Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis Bregenz turns out to be both a happy reunion with and a perfectly staged evolution of themes and motifs that in one way or another run like a thread through the artist's oeuvre. They're all there, the subjects and habits we know—or think we know—from his repertoire and have been looking for in his works like junkies seeking drugs: the forest, the animals, the ambiguous activity between showing and hiding, the deeply artificial in the natural world, the lingering between drama and prank, the incongruities that challenge us. The artist, who was born in Gaschurn in the Montafon valley in 1975, chose his favorite forest as the site for parts of his new series "Als die Tiere den Wald verließen" (When the Animals Left the Forest). The forest, an "enchanted place" (Zink) in the Lower Austrian district of Neunkirchen that was planted as a monoculture in the time of Maria Theresia and where forest fires have not been infrequent, has served the artist as a backdrop for many an apocalyptic scene. Again acting as his own model in this series, the artist dons animal masks ranging from dog and rooster to monkey and swan to explore the question of what animals might do for a living if their natural habitat were destroyed. Bereft of their home and forced into gainful employment, the animals move toward the city, where they—beholden to their animal essence—become prostitutes. The photographs' very close hanging gives the impression of a film reel, which is amplified by the use of corresponding film footage.

The new series "Innerer Film" (Inner Movie) is also based on a personal experience. In it, Marko Zink bids farewell to his parental home, his place of origin, fraught with memories, sold in 2020. His grandmother, the "soul of the place", his mother, and his five aunts, who all lived in the house together, had a formative impact on the artist, and it is to them that he dedicates the completed series. Twelve images printed on and into hand mirrors and mirrored once again—resulting in a pair reminiscent in its arrangement of butterfly wings—are not only a reference to metamorphosis but also an homage. Marko Zink: "We are all but reflections, images of our counterpart in which we see ourselves reflected not just every day but probably for our entire lives."

Text passages from Ariane Grabher published in „Zeitschrift für Kultur und Gesellschaft, Ausgabe 10-2021"

When the Animals Left the Forest, 2019 - ongoing

Inner Movie, 2019 - 2020

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