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Promotion of Vlado Martek’s monograph

The promotion of a new monograph of the conceptual artist, painter, poet and essayist, Vlado Martek, will be held on Saturday, 15th December at 12:00, at the Library Bogdan Ogrizović in Zagreb. This publication is completely dedicated to Martek’s work in photography, presenting the medium as a conceptual form. The book, entitled Preparing for Photography, published by the Office for Photography, gathers a series of the author’s works in the medium of photography, created in the period from the 1970s to today. According to the concept of the graphic editor Rafaela Dražić, the publication is divided into three separate booklets – a booklet with a text by Sandra Križić Roban, a booklet with almost hundred reproductions, and a booklet which contains an interview with the artist, providing a fresh insight into an extensive segment of his work and thoughts about art, mediums, text and meanings.

The publication will be introduced, alongside the author, by the editor and author of the text, prof. Sandra Križić Roban, PhD, reviewer Leonida Kovač, PhD, Jasna Jakšić (Museum of Contemporary Art), and Darko Šimičić (Tomislav Gotovac Institute). The book will be available at a promotional discount price.

 

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Vlado Martek, “Photograph”, 1980-1981

 

“In accordance with the tendencies of taking art as an open field, in which an artist could do whatever he thought he should be doing, and adopting the Fluxus principle of action in which there was no difference between art and life, and in which everyday life, routine, and banality were legitimate ways of artistic expression, from the mid-1960s Martek explored and experimented with various media. (…) Photography has a special place in his oeuvre, primarily because it is ‘closest to the words’, as he says, close to poetry and and automatic script (…). At some point, Martek started using photographs as finished poems, as hyper-content, accepting their volatile nature and their ability to function as background and an object, as a trace rather than evidence.” (from the text by Sandra Križić Roban)

The publishing of the book, Preparation for Photography, was made possible by funds provided by the Kontakt. The Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation, the Croatian Ministry of Culture, and the City of Zagreb.

 

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Cover of the book “Preparing for Photography”