A lecture by the renowned Croatian artist whose work is based on visualising poetry

Indigo Festival will host lecture by Vlado Martek on Friday, September 13, at 7.30 pm at the ZRC SAZU. His retrospective was recently on display at the MMSU Rijeka, and in February 2020 his works will be presented at the City Art Gallery Ljubljana. In his art pieces Vlado Martek works with poems and fragments of poems by putting them into collages, photographs, graphics, sketches, drawings, art actions and agitations, graffiti and wallpapers.


Martek`s work is based on the discourse between art, philosophy and poetry. He is working with the negation and construction of words to create a reality behind the letters. He describes his work as Pre-poetry – the reduction and concentration of poem. In his own words: "Pre-poetry is controlling, an evasion into space before writing, controlling my head, my motives as to why I write, my responsibility, a tidying up before I write a poem. In that sense it is a provocation in language, by destruction but also construction." Martek uses critical, ironic and analytic methods to question social structures in combination with a wide range of media and materials. 

The talk will focus on Martek’s writing, artist books and samizdats, his influences, sources and methods of work.

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Posted: 12. 9. 2019

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