M A R K O  T A D I Ć

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Marko Tadić (1979) is a Croatian artist living in Zagreb, and this is not the first time when the Hungarian audience can see his works. In 2012 he already participated in a group show with his appearances of a fictive second Moon, where he used a variety of old, modified postcards. He works with several different mediums at the same time, he makes videos, animations, drawings, collages and objects as well, however he always starts the process of creation with drawings. His works mainly reflect on the formal and aesthetic structures of the recent past as a surrealist echo of the collective memory saturated with personal histories. In his series he works with found materials that makes his works easily interpreted with the aesthitics of recycling.

His newest paper collages and drawings from this year refer to remark that Gordon Matta-Clark, the famous American artist mostly known for his site-specific works, made when he saw one of his cut up house from above in Paris for the first time. He said he lost his spatial perception as if he was looking into a pool. Marko Tadić’s series entitled Accumulation of the images from below makes us feel just like that while it tries to point out the hidden structures of the so-called modernism similarly to Matta-Clark’s cut-out building pieces that let you peek behind the spectacle.

Tadić’s works refer back to the main figures and characteristics of modern art history and architecture. That way he creates a visual archive that we must see from a critical point of view, because Tadić does not want to glorify modernism, but rather summarise everything we think when we look back at this era.

The prominent visuality of the recent past is shared within this region, modernism is still a living era for the generation of Tadić and a period that many people try to reinterpret from different point of views, somewhat like a collage, they grab pieces out of it and place them in a whole different context. The exhibition and also the word accumulation in the name of the series highlights this process. These important images just arise from the collective unconsciousness and piling up on each other unprocessed, without classification. That is how Tadić’s drawings and collages become monuments for the fossils of modernism.

Marko Tadić studied painting in Italy and Croatian studies, philosophy and sociology at the University of Zagreb. He has been on scholarship at the HIAP in Helsinki, at the ISCP in New York and at Kulturkontakt in Vienna. He has been nominated to the Radoslav Putar Award and he worked together with the famous curatorial collective What, How and for Whom / WHW on his series entitled We used to call it: Moon.

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