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22.9.2015
PARALLEL VIENNA 2015 | MARKO MARKOVIĆ | PATRICK BAUMÜLLER
23. - 27.9.2015
Eröffnung: 22. September, 18 Uhr
WO: Alte Post, Dominikanerbastei 11, 1010 Wien

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LLEL VIENNA 2015

Parallel Vienna 2015 versteht sich als Kunsthalle, Messe, Galerie und Atelier. Als Metaorganisation, die das Prinzip des Do-It -Your self (DIY) in die Infrastruktur der Kunsteinrichtung übersetzt, verwaltet sich die Ausstellungsplattform selbst: ein Umschlagplatz für neue Ideen und engagiertes Experimentierfeld zur Selbstprofessionalisierung.

Parallel Vienna präsentiert diesjährig zum dritten Mal mit rund 150 nationalen und internationalen KünstlerInnenn und 30 Galerien, Project Spaces und KünstlerInnenräumen, so wie sechs unabhängigen KuratorInnen einen Einblick und diver gente Positionen junger, wie etablierter zeitgenössischer Kunst.


MARKO MARKOVIĆ | REPRESENTATION OF THE POWER | Gallery Statement
Booth: 1.18

Marko Marković

MARKO MARKOVIC | REPRESENTATION OF THE POWER

Since his beginnings in the local art scene, Marković has been employing provocative excessiveness artwork from the performances to videos. Direct criticism of disorders that affect the social tissue has been the commonplace of his work. His work reflects current events and questions the structure of politics, economics, status and positions of inferiority and superiority.

Representation of the power refers to the system of hierarchy and power relations between the positions of superiority and inferiority. The discourse of the exhibition is focused on different geopolitical environments and individual behavior in such systems. His work is dealing with perception of migrations and integrations. We locate in his artwork autobiographical personal experience from the last few years, the work is changing according to the observer's perspective and point of view. Marković refers to the modern history and circumstances conditioned by political structures and economical changes.

The installation in the room compromises different media, including 8 performance-videos, sculpture and photography.

Marković's works mark the districts such as Wall Street, the matrix of financial capitalism, as the generators of such spatial politics, along with their symbolic exponents – carefully attended skyscrapers, impenetrable facades or massive accessories that sometimes assume the form of a work of art. One of the examples is the public sculpture Charging Bull in the nearby Bowling Green Park. Marković renamed the sculpture in his Performance as The Beast while transforming its instrumentalized character into a black humor action of polishing the golden calf.

The Sharpening was recorded during the Occupy Wall Street movement in the spring of 2012 in NYC. The performance took place on Wall Street, the entrance of the security zone at the financial district. In the performance, Markovic sharpens two knives, one against the other, he was able to bring these weapons into the security zone. The act of creating such a performative counter-defensive field confronting "their" defensive field (barricades), was constructed to protect the security zone. This type of protection creates a general threat and restricts freedom of speech, movement and action.

Marković's serial of photographs with the title Ows file were also documented in NY in the course of 2012. Ows file uses contradictory situations to analyze people's different reaction and presents parallel happenings during the same period in the same city. On the one side, there are demonstrations and protesters, and on the other side, we see moments of everyday life, such as a working environment, nightlife, gallery openings, friends, house visits, hurricane and flood catastrophe situations.

The sculpture Pissed Pants are made of large cotton men's underwear covered in epoxy resin. "Brought as the cheapest pants for the poorest people and made in Bangladesh (visible on the label), where the cheapest workforce are children."

We see the UN's building in the video The Lamb, while in the central scene of roasting the lamb the artist himself acts as the main protagonist. His face is mostly absent, and this facelessness that dominates in the video carries the connotation of the marginal status of illegal workers. The parable running through this work, about the lamb and the predator, becomes more evident thanks to the audio material with the speech of Nelson Mandela, which is played out like a mantra: ...I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.

We see a relationship of superior and inferior, the rich and powerful and "the little guy" is the thread that runs through all of Markovic's works from the beginning of standing on the side of the workers, disenfranchised and marginalized, and against large systems of power and social injustice.

 


PATRICK BAUMÜLLER | AMFM | Artist Statement

Booth: 2.77
Patrick Baumüller




ERÖFFNUNG & PARTY : Dienstag, 22.9. von 18-22h
Opening Party in der Dominikanerbastei

ÖFFNUNGSZEITEN 23. - 27. Sept.
Mittwoch, 23.9., 12-19h
Donnerstag, 24.9., 12-19h
Freitag, 25.9., 12-19h
Samstag, 26.9., 10-19h
Sonntag, 27.9., 12-19h

WO: Alte Post, Dominikanerbastei 11, 1010 Wien

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