Marko Lipuš: Tactics (Scratchings)
13 June – 19 July 2013
In 2011 the Photon Association formally extended its activities to the Austrian space by registering a new organization in Vienna – Verein Photon Wien. In the first phase, we have intensified our presence and extentedcooperations with local partners. In the second phase, with the opening of the permanent exhibition space, we are stepping in to competition with other providers of programs and contents in the field of contemporary visual art.
For the inaugural exhibition at the Galerie Photon Marko Lipuš will present his TACTICS series. The series is about the peculiar thematisation of war, alluding to the code of “proper conduct” of U.S. troops stemming from secret U.S. military documents as described and published on the WikiLeaks website. The soldiers are portrayed as depersonalised members of a social system of an imperialist state, while at the same time being ironic, as Lipuš has only portrayed ‘toy soldier’ plastic figurines. With the TACTICS series Lipuš continues his witty exploration of the portrait genre, while maintaining his distinctive formal approach with the so-called “Scratchings” (“Kratzungen”) cycle.
The project was first introduced at the Month of Photography festival in Bratislava and will premiere at the Galerie Photon to a Vienna audience.