Dalibor Martinis: I am addressing you Man to Man

Dalibor Martinis: I am addressing you Man to Man
1–23 July 2021

We invite you to the exhibition of Dalibor Martinis I am addressing you Man to Man in the artKIT gallery. The opening tour of the exhibition will be on Thursday, 1 July 2021, between 4 and 7 p.m.


A visit to the electoral base and a meeting with potential voters, in case the potential Peoples’ representative is shy and probably too old, can only be realized symbolically. In 2003 D.M. was driving on local Istrian roads, stopping at bus stops along the way, and in each one left a leaflet with the image of D.M. and the message »I am addressing you man to man« on the walls in the waiting rooms-shelters. He left a bowl of candy here and there. These strange, almost always empty places sometimes look like chapels by the roadside, sometimes like gloomy bunkers or frightening caves, but always represent lonely waiting, anxiety, or boredom, thus becoming places of potential human contact. The electoral base is the area of Istria and a hundred shelters-stations along the roads of political agitation. Like the 25year-old image of D.M. on the leaflet, these tiny houses also belong to another pastime, so the documentation of the contribution to building democracy is at the same time documentation of the existence of these small, secluded structures. Each bus stop has characteristics different from all the others (shape, method of construction, degree of abandonment, landscape that directly surrounds it). Each shelter is one of the sacred principles of democracy.

Dalibor Martinis
is a transmedia artist and video artist. He has exhibited his work (videotapes, video / interactive and location-specific installations) at numerous international exhibitions, such as the Sao Paulo Biennale, the Dokumenta, the Venice Biennale, and film/video festivals in Berlin, Tokyo, Montreal, San Francisco, Locarno, Seattle, Bogota, Vienna, etc. His videos and films have been broadcast on various national televisions in Europe. He has performed numerous presentations, performances, and screenings. He has received donations from the Canadian Council (1978), Jaica (Japan 1984), and ArtsLink (USA, 1994 and 2010). He was a visiting professor at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb, and the Ontario College of Art & Design University. He is a professor emeritus at the University of Rijeka. Martinis has been awarded several international and national prizes (Tokyo Video Festival 1984, Locarno 1984, ALPE ADRIA Film Festival Trieste 1996, Croatian Society of Fine Artists Award (HDLU) 2009, T-HT Award 2013, Bogota Short Film Festival Award, 2014). His works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, ZKM Karlsruhe, the New York Public Library, the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Kontakt / Banka Erste, etc.

Admission is free. Please, follow the recommendations of the NIJZ/NIPH while visiting the exhibition.  

< Dalibor Martinis: I am addressing you Man to Man, leaflet, 2003.

artKIT, Glavni trg 14, Maribor
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.
On the 1 and 2 July, the exhibition will exceptionally be open until 7 p.m.

Photo: Janez Klenovšek



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