Body and embodiment are the central motives of my artistic practice, which spans from dealing with the personal experiences to the consideration of complex social questions posed in relation to the woman’s body. The experience of anorexia in my early adolescence has determined the direction of my artistic action towards body politics, (de)construction of gender and sexuality, the economy of power, and more importantly – unveiled a network of power relations in which the issues of coercion and free will have become inextricably interwoven. Over time my attitude toward the body ranged from objectification to the treatment of body rituals and the connection between physiological/biological/psychological/political experiences, whether those belonged to me directly or indirectly. My basic artistic strategy is to perform various activities that are, within society, designated as women’s, in various media – from drawings and tattoos, sewing and embroidery, installations, performances, videos or larger conceptual units. The longstanding corpo – realism (which Elizabeth Grosz denominates “the state of physical existence”) has allowed me to explore more closely the notions of pleasure and enjoyment (jouissance) within the life of a woman, as well as their connection to the concepts of control, restriction, rejection, punishment, alienation, (dis)obedience, as well as different forms of social reward. Through complex relationships of close but socially opposed concepts, I discuss disparate forms of public and intimate forms of subordination and domination.
Throughout my artistic practice, I try to unveil various socio-political mechanisms of pressure, that is, the biopolitical imperative imposed on women by the heteropatriarchy, pointing to the extent to which the issues of freedom and coercion for a woman are inseparable.
Marina Markovic was born in Belgrade, Serbia, in 1983. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade. Markovic is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in New Media at the University of Belgrade. Since 2006 she has exhibited extensively at various festivals, art fairs, group and solo exhibitions throughout Serbia, the United States, Great Britain, Japan, Italy, Mexico, and beyond. Markovic participated in artist-in-residence programs at ISCP (The International Studio & Curatorial Program) in New York and Q21 MuseumsQuartier in Vienna. She is the recipient of the Young Visual Artist Award and Dimitrije Basicevic Mangelos Award for 2011. and the Vladimir Veličković drawing awards for 2021. Her works are included in various private and public art collections worldwide. In 2022. her work has been added to Secondary Archive, a platform for women artists from Central and Eastern Europe (https://secondaryarchive.org/artists/marina-markovic/) exhibited in Manifesta 14. She is a co-founder of Naked Art Residency, international art- ist-in-residence program in Gola Glava, Serbia and a guest proffesor at RUFA University, Roma, Italy. Markovic is represented by X Vitamin gallery from Bel- grade, RS ( https://xvitamin.org).