Island

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Public intervention, durational performance, public installation, 2016

Mark’s installation – a durational performance in which the artist will stay five days on a self-build raft, ‘the island’, connected to the outside world through a sporadic radio broadcast – is a thoughtful accomplice of this gesture: a courageous, symbolic action of displacement, ‘Island’ illustrates contrasting interpretations of alienation of an individual inside the society, being it intentional (personal escape/retreat) or involuntary (forced exclusion).

In artist’s case it remains impossible to access or exit the island. Communication is restricted and movement limited. The presence of the ‘human’ on the island, however, makes the island real. The messages he sends out on air are optimistic. He nevertheless reveals his actual situation in subtle details.

Text by Maja Lozic



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1-a9498877b0bac527f0aa5eb1369a8bd5 Exhibition view, 2017


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