TABOO - TRANSGRESSION - TRANSCENDENCE
in Art & Science
27-29 September 2023, Malta Society of Arts, Valletta
By eating flowers in his performances, Marko Marković brings the body and mind into a state of intoxication with floral enzymes, exploring the changes in his perception. The body’s reactions are immediate: it trembles, convulses, its facial expressions change, it suffocates, it is exhausted from the effort to adapt to the situation. The artistic metaphor combines the human body and the flower – a complex living symbiotic system with a purpose and a special place in nature that is cut, dislocated, and repurposed for the esthetical satisfaction, manifesting devotion and power. Here, two alien biosystems simultaneously merge with spaces of intimacy and corporeality and the far reaches of artificially dehumanised socio-geopolitical constructs. The collision of these worlds in one place, in one body, causes psychophysical transformations in the transit between thoughts, memories, bodies, reality, and imagination changing the perception and experience of what identity is or what it can become.
Curated by Olga Majcen Linn & Sunčica Ostoić, KONTEJNER | bureau of contemporary art praxis
Marko Marković is a Croatian artist working across the mediums of video, installation and performance. In his works Markovic often includes the audience and other participants as the medium of expression. Working in different media with a focus on performing arts, Marko Marković critically reflects on political and social structures in his work. His artistic interests are predominantly marked by transformation processes between the individual and society. His works reflect everyday life in which he examines the relation between inferiority and superiority as well as the position of power in different geopolitical systems.