In his studies of the unredeemed promises of the past and what they offer for our present, David Maljkovic (*1973) looks to his own history growing up under Tito’s rule in the former Yugoslavia to reflect upon the legacy of the international avant-garde and the possibilities of rebuilding a future. Maljkovic works within the tradition of collage, both as a formal principle and conceptual device. The jarring energy of the modernist collage—and its counterpart, the archive—allows the artist to use formal strategies such as juxtaposition and displacement to envision new political and conceptual possibilities.
April 10–May 9, 2015
David Maljkovic is known for multifaceted exhibitions that investigate the erosion of memory and the corruption of information, revealing how ideas can be worn down by the effects of time and technology. For his second show at Sprüth Magers, London, Maljkovic will present a group of inkjet photo collages titled New Reproduction (2013), as well as Afterform (2013), a single slide projection, and a new version of the HD video Out of Projection (2009-2014), a title that the artist has used for a number of previous, related works. The formal principle of collage is key to Maljkovic’s oeuvre: the artist has adopted this method as a way to respond to our defective memories, recombining photographs, films and projected images from his own personal archive.Read more