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Goodbye Underground: Saša Marković Microbe

Programme | 27.01.2012

Museum of Contemporary Art and Remont – independent artist association present the project:
Goodbye Underground: Saša Marković Microbe

A Retrospective
Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art, 14 Pariska street 
January 27 - March 18, 2012

Curator: Dejan Sretenović

Stories from Photobooths
Remont Gallery, Maršala Birjuzova Street 7
February 17 - March 16, 2012.

Curator: Darka Radosavljević-Vasiljević

The joint project of the MCA and Remont “Goodbye Underground: Saša Marković Microbe” is a homage to this untimely deceased artist in the form of a retrospective, thematic exhibition and monograph. Saša Marković Microbe was an authentic phenomenon in our art scene in that he based his production on six principles to which he adhered throughout his career: art must be narrative, available to everyone, amusing and funny, consistent, locally oriented and produced with inexpensive resources. On those foundations, he built an artistic idiom that connected his life habits with artistic expression, reflection of daily social and political reality with personal mythology, self-ironic first person speech with speech of others, visual and textual language, production of images and performance behavior, and so on. His art is self-made, born in the milieu of the Belgrade subculture in which he moved, but at the same time it strongly corresponded with the themes and preoccupations of the world of contemporary art, which he entered in the early nineties, and throughout his career he took part in it actively as a participant of numerous significant exhibitions, manifestations and events. For Marković art was above all else a form of social communication, socializing, networking and giving, a way of being in the world and constantly seeking one's place in it.

The Salon of the MoCAB will present selected works from Marković's body of works, namely from all the cycles and areas of his artistic activities, including fanzines, works from photobooths, drawings, masks, photo-documentation of performances, actions and exhibitions, video-works, author's covers for music discs and installations. The development and initial ideas for the works and cycles presented at the exhibition are narrated through the accompanying Marković's statements extracted from interviews, author's texts and lectures.

The Remont Gallery with exhibit photographs that emerged in the late eighties and early nineties in Belgrade photobooths. On the stripes of the photobooths photographs and their backs, all kinds of situations and characters have been recorded, from a number of celebrities, to random passers-by. Through spontaneously created situations and photographing of performances emerged the material that became more than a document of a specific spiritual climate.

The Museum of Contemporary Art and Remont thank Divna and Borivoje Marković, Zoran Vujičić, Đorđe Balmazović, Aleksandar Rafajlović, Marija Ćosić and Veran Matić for their support.

Saša Marković Microbe (October 21st 1959, Belgrade, SFRY – July 15th 2010, Belgrade, Serbia), also known as Mexican, Bridegroom, Bamboo and Ganesha, was a visual artist, journalist, radio host, social worker and in a lot of ways a unique phenomenon in the Serbian alternative and art scene. He studied Yugoslav literature and Serbo-Croatian language at the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade. He is engaged in art since 1985, when he starts taking photographs of himself in photobooths, and he enters the art scene in the early nineties, when he starts exhibiting his works in galleries. In addition to works from photobooths, his body of works is also comprised of drawings, masks, performances, video-works, installations, covers for music discs, objects and assemblages. He exhibited independently and in a group at a large number of exhibitions and manifestations in country and abroad, carried out around fifty performances, led art workshops, gave lectures and presentations, collaborated with other artists, artist collectives and directors (Led art, Škart, Mixup, Janko Baljak, Ivan Markov, Era Milivojević, Milica Tomić, Tomislav Gotovac and others). With a group of artists, in 1999, he formed the Remont – an independent artist association. He was the author of the exhibition “Autodidact” in the context of the 42nd October Salon (Salon of the MCA, 2001). In April 2008, with Stevan Novaković, he formed the group Radar. His works can be found in a number of private collections.

In the mid-eighties, he worked as a technical editor in the Student magazine. Since 1990, he worked at the Radio B92 in the show Ritam srca (Rhythm of the Heart), and from the late nineties he hosted and edited the Lepi ritam srca (Beautiful Rhythm of the Heart), which he opened with his recognizable greeting “Zdravo živo!” (“Hello and be well!”). After that, until 2006, with Mićun Ristić at the Radio B92, he hosted the Black Market show, which dealt with Belgrade music and concert events. The show also had live edition in the Cultural Center „Studentski grad“ and other spaces in Belgrade. At the Kontakt Radio, in 2003, he edited and hosted the show Put u Indiju (A Trip to India). With Nebojša Kandić and Rambo Amadeus, in 1987, he formed a secret organization KPGS (Kurac! Pička! Govno! Sisa! (Cock! Cunt! Shit! Tit!)). He visually fashioned the cover for the special edition of the album O, tugo jesenja by Rambo Amadeus (1988) in 90 copies. He was a member of the one-man band Tobić Tobić, and he appeared in the music videos of the groups Familija, Bajaga i instruktori, Dejan Cukić and the band Repetitor. He was a discophile, connoisseur of rock music, regular frequenter of concerts and exhibitions in Belgrade; he wrote poetry and dreamt of going to India.

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