Vlado Martek: Preparing for Photography
– monograph
(November 2018)

This publication, entitled "Preparing for Photography", is completely dedicated to Vlado Martek’s work in photography, presenting the medium as a conceptual form. It gathers a series of the author’s works in the medium of photography, created in the period from the 1970s to today.

The publication is divided into three separate booklets – a booklet with a text, a booklet with almost hundred reproductions, and a booklet which contains an interview with the artist, providing a fresh insight into an extensive segment of his work and thoughts about art, mediums, text and meanings.

“In accordance with the tendencies of taking art as an open field, in which an artist could do whatever he thought he should be doing, and adopting the Fluxus principle of action in which there was no difference between art and life, and in which everyday life, routine, and banality were legitimate ways of artistic expression, from the mid-1960s Martek explored and experimented with various media. (…) Photography has a special place in his oeuvre, primarily because it is ‘closest to the words’, as he says, close to poetry and and automatic script (…). At some point, Martek started using photographs as finished poems, as hyper-content, accepting their volatile nature and their ability to function as background and an object, as a trace rather than evidence.” (from the text by Sandra Krizic Roban)

Publisher: Office for Photography
Language: Croatian / English
Editors: Sandra Krizic Roban, Jelena Pasic, Rafaela Drazic
Pages: 208
Print run: 300
ISBN 978-953-58679-6-8