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Mario Matoković

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 has taken part in many fine arts workshops, and has exhibited in numerous Croatian and in few international exhibitions. In 2010 he became a member of the Croatian Association of Visual Art (HDLU) in Osijek and since 2013 he has been appointed president of the HDLU Osijek. He is a holder of the Rector's Award of the J.J. Strossmayer University in Osijek. He works as an assistant at the Department of Fine Arts, Academy of Arts in Osijek.


       |  analog photography
       |  series of ten photos, 45 x 54 cm

In my work, I am interested in the process of the degradation of community and the destruction of the surroundings I reside in day by day. Thus, the specificities of the milieu, in the context of the street, city, region, or the country on the whole, become an inevitable part of most of my works, regardless of the medium I use to express myself. Social neglect, destruction, nepotism, oppression and so on, have become "normal", and such a way of (non) functioning causes a reaction in me and, as a consequence, brings my works into being, whose ultimate goal is not to change the society, as I believe that would be nearly impossible, but which I use to attempt to point to the problems our society finds itself in.
The context of time is an unavoidable component of the works which, at their core, contemplate fate and the continuity of people, buildings, artworks, or something else entirely. This entails that the majority of the works I have created have not been completed and will, in time, and according to the need for it, be followed by a sequel. "Things will get better", as the elderly say.

Homeland | Mario Matoković, 2015
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