Maps of found and unfound, 2007, pencil, watercolor, self-adhesive foil, 5 x 50x 70 cm
finalist Radoslav Putar Award , 2007
For several years now, Maja Markoviç is occupied with the theme of city maps as possible interpretation of the history of mankind. She researched these topics in various visual arts techniques, and has recently presented the research results at solo exhibition where her work was executed in digital print, of unusually huge dimensions of 18 meters in radius and surface of 264m2.
" IMAGE is what I notice from the ground-plan (map) of the city. Exhibited drawings are extension of my previous work with maps and they are opposition to the plan (map): all characteristics of the map disappear as mutual relations and distances, visible on larger scale and in function of orientation in a space, disappear.
Drawings present street, square and building; what they keep from the map is ground plan and conviction in its visual contents. (...) In this very work, related to abstract maps, carriers are recognizable ground maps of visual structure - intimate in nature - and human figure is now recognizable too. IN this case, human FIGURE is recognizable at the map, be it drawn or not. It is now the carrier of the image, in contrast to earlier works where it was invisible (also not drawn), but present. Related to these works, human figure is taken away. Change in a map scale brings new details in, which now are connected to the destiny of an individual (singular), in contrast to destinies of population (plural). (...) On imaginary map of larger scale I have found places whose visually (in case when placed in the frame of drawing orientation is taken away: where are we?) brings new contents to me. (...) This time, I find fascination by human nature and its manifestations in environment in detail as origin of what we draw on ground plans of various cities.
12. 10. 2007 20:54:52
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