Mario Matoković – Conversation with Noise
Virtual Gallery of the Art Pavilion
Cycle: Work in Progress
Duration: November 16, 2022 – January 31, 2023
Curated by Jasminka Poklečki Stošić
With the third exhibition of this year’s cycle Work in Progress the public will be introduced to Mario Matoković, visual artist from Osijek. The work of Mario Matokovic is characterised by a distinctive artistic poetics that is reflected in the artist’s concrete engagement where social anomalies and the problems that come in their wake are concerned. In his works, Matoković consistently reacts critically to inveterate social injustices displaying as he does so a developed societal awareness and social sensitivity. However, in the work Conversation with Noise the artist has endeavoured to get away from socially engaged themes and relax during the process of the work, letting himself be led by the now iconic statement of Ivan Kožarić Freedom is a Rare Bird.
Mario Matoković was born in 1985 in Osijek, Croatia. He graduated from the Academy of Arts in Osijek, Department of Fine Arts in 2010. He is professionally engaged in artistic activities in the field of contemporary arts through graphics, video, installations and art photography media. He has taken part in many fine arts workshops, and has exhibited in numerous Croatian and in few international exhibitions. He is a holder of the Rector’s Award of the J. J. Strossmayer University in Osijek. In 2016 Mario was one of the finalists of Radoslav Putar Award, award for young visual artists in Croatia up to 35 years of age, in 2017 received 3rd award 5th International Biennale of Contemporary Fine Arts in Novorossyisk, Russia and in 2018 received Ex Aeuqo Award on 26th Slavonian Biennale in Osijek, Croatia. Initiator of the Art in residency program as part of the MMML Studio project, which was conceived as a platform for visual research in the form of short art residencies, but also projects that contribute to the improvement of creative-critical thinking within the community. Lives and works in Osijek, Croatia.