NMG@PRAKTIKA: Marko Marković // Mate Parlov monument + Curatorial school

CARVING INSCRIPTIONS ON THE MONUMENT: Thursday, 24.11. from 12h to 15h, Youth Home (back entrance)

EXHIBITION OPENING: Saturday, 26.11. at 20h, Gallery Praktika

CURATORIAL SCHOOL: Thurs – Sun, 24. – 27.11., Gallery Praktika




Raising a monument to Mate Parlov, the biggest true legend of Croatian sport in former Yugoslavia with world rank, we raise a monument to the real and genuine human values ​​against false ideals. – Marko Marković explains his motivation for this work, and once again positions himself as an artist who readily responds to the social reality that surrounds him. Opening the story of raising the monument to Mate Parlov, the legend of the Yugoslavian sport and an idol of the contemporary anti-fascist movement, Marković opposes the dominant nationalist discourse, with which often hand in hand goes fascism, with a well-known saying of the famous boxer: How can I be a nationalist when I am world champion?


Choosing a form of monument Marković’s story develops on many levels, clearly scoring disruptions in social reality and the system that is producing it. On the one hand the work develops around an administrative process which addresses the Commission for the names of streets and squares and monuments with a request for approval of raising a monument to Mate Parlov. And, no matter that the answer to the request never arrived, in the wilderness of administrative local government the request as a reminder of the humanistic values ​​of anti-fascism is recorded. On the other hand, thanks to the persistence and determination of the artist, the work finds its place in the public space of the city. Carving the aforementioned Parlov’s statement in one of the facades of the building of the Youth Center the artist opposes the dominant practices and policies of erecting monuments and thus leaves a lasting legacy of freedom of speech, peace, tolerance, understanding and respect for diversity to young generations, values ​​that the biggest heroes are fighting for. In the end, the work is being presented as an exhibition with the documentation of the process of creation.


This Markovic’s work can be aligned with the works of the author where he criticizes the contemporary social order. In most cases, it is a criticism of “aggressive domination of capitalism”, this time it focuses on criticism of fascism, the phenomenon inseparable from the crisis of capitalism





Marko Markovic (1983), artist, was born in Osijek. In 2007 he graduated as a painter at the Art Academy in Split, in 2009 he completed studies at the Faculty of Education in Zadar, and in 2016 he enrolled in MA Art and Science studies at Universität für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna.


He works in various media: drawing, sculpture, video, installation, performance, happenings and actions in public space. He has been recognized at the national and international scene as an author who critically reflects on the social, existential and ethical positions of the individual in society and different systems. In his works he often animates and involves the audience and other participants as a medium of expression.


Exhibiting since 2005, he has participated in numerous exhibitions, residencies, festivals in Croatia and abroad. He is the artistic director of the festival DOPUST / Days of Open Performance and the founder of the Association for the study and promotion of the performing arts Dopust. A member of HULU Split and HZSU. He was one of the frontmen of punk band Ilija i zrno žita and electro band Porno Suicide. He was awarded Radoslav Putar / Young Visual Artists Award 2011 for Best young visual artist in Croatia. From 2012 to 2014 the artist worked as assistant in Matthew Barney Studio in New York, where he organized and curated programs The Crew and The Crew 2 where artists working in Matthew Barney studio presented their work. The exhibition Inverted pyramids in 2015 and 2016, presented a selection of recent works of the author in MMSU Rijeka, Art Workshop Lazareti in Dubrovnik, Gallery Lounge, Rojc in Pula, SC Gallery in Zagreb, Diocletian Palace Basement in Split, and Kazmat gallery in Osijek. Also, in 2016 his work was exhibited as part of the Croatian pavilion at the Biennale of Architecture in Venice.





Curatorial school is a new program of Mavena that is realised through the program line NMG EDUCATION, and in this occasion relates in the subject to residency program and exhibition of Marko Marković Mate Parlov Monument. Through this edition of curatorial school young art historians, curators, artists and activists will have the opportunity to talk about the policies of public sculpture and curatorial practices related to exhibiting art work in a public space. Marko Marković, artist, and Anamaria Batista, curator, researcher and lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts, University of applied Arts, University of Technology and WU in Vienna are among the talkers. Introduction to curatorial school will be given by Natasha Kadin and actual situation with policies of public sculptures in Split will be explained by Diana Magdić from Association for interdisciplinary research Tesseract.




Thursday, 24.11. Gallery Praktika

18-20 h

Natasha Kadin: Introduction to curatorial school, New Media Gallery and exhibition cycle NMG @ PRAKTIKA

Tonči Kranjčević Batalić: Curatorial and organizational processes of the exhibition Marko Markovic: Monument of Mate Parlov


Friday, 25.11. Gallery Praktika

18-20 h

Marko Marković: Talk with the artist


Saturday, 26.11. Gallery Praktika

11 – 14 h

Anamarija Batista: Art in public space

Diana Magdić: Monuments in the public space.Case study: Split

Anamarija Batista: Curatorial workshop

19 h Exhibition


Sunday, 27.11. Gallery Praktika

11-14 h

Anamarija Batista: Curatorial workshop



CURATOR: Tonči Kranjčević Batalić
LECTURERS: Anamarija Batista, Natasha Kadin, Diana Magdić
NMG PROGRAMME CURATORS: Natasha Kadin, Tonči Kranjčević Batalić, Tina Vukasović
DESIGN: Nikola Križanac
DONORS: Nacionalna zaklada za razvoj civilnog društva, Ministarstvo kulture RH, Zaklada Kultura nova, HAVC, Grad Split, Splitsko-dalmatinska županija
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: KUM, MKC, GALUM, Evgenij Glinski, Diana Magdić


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