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Katalin Ladik, Hairself, performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, 1982

photo: Milomir Bošković. Courtesy of the artist and acb Gallery, Budapest

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VLADO MARTEK

Since the 1970s, Vlado Martek is one of the important figures in the unofficial art scene of Yugoslavia and who is since becoming an internationally acclaimed conceptual artist working in Croatia. His works moves between experimental poetry, performance and visual arts. His membership in the 'Group of Six', together with Mladen and Sven Stilinović, Fedor Vučemilović, Boris Demur, and Željko Jerman was central for his artistic development. The 'Group of Six' was founded in 1975 in the spirit of the 'Croatian Spring' and realized many collective actions that mostly took place in public spaces due the the restrictive institutional exhibition policy. 

His work was honoured among others at the MOMA in New York, at the MUMOK in Vienna as well as in solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana and the Modern Art Museum in Wroclaw.

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Vlado Martek

Action: Art has no Alternative, 1986, B&W photography, 15,2 x 20,2 cm

Katalin LADIK

Katalin Ladik (1942, Novi Sad) is a poet who employs various means of expression. She makes collages, photography, sings, acts in the theatre and on film, practices performance art as well as writing novels and poetry.

Ladik studied at the Economic High School of Novi Sad (1961-63), then joined the Dramski Studio [Drama Studio] acting school in Novi Sad (1964-66). Between 1961 and 1963 she worked as a bank assistant. During this time, in 1962, she began to write poetry. From 1963 to 1977 she worked for Radio Novi Sad. She joined the newly established Novi Sad Theatre in 1974, becoming a member of its permanent ensemble in 1977 and working there until 1992. In 1992 she emigrated to Hungary. She primarily acted in dramatic roles. Over the years, she also played major and minor roles in various TV films and movies. She led the poetry sections of literary magazines Élet és Irodalom (1993-94) and Cigányfúró (1994-99). Between 1993 and 1998 she taught at Hangár musical and theatrical education center.

Katalin Ladik, Poemask, performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, 1982

photo: Milomir Bošković. Courtesy of the artist and acb Gallery, Budapest.

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