HOMELESS SHANGHAI
HOMELESS BERLIN
HOMELESS BELGRADE
HOMELESS TOKYO

TEXT PORTRAITS

In Homeless project (a series started in 2002), Markovic deals with the politics of representation that involves the production of invisibility of a particular social group - homeless men. In undoing such politics, Markovic conceived of an ongoing project of contextual art practice that has so far been performed in Shanghai, Berlin, Belgrade and Tokyo. The artist carries out video interviews with homeless men and then, after selecting a particular fragment indicative of the men's lives or worldview, "translates" video statements into the medium of painting: the resulting "image" is a Text Portrait. The statements are first printed on large-scale canvas, and afterward colored by hand with skin-tone pigments. Besides video scenes and Text Portraits that are shown in a gallery space, in each of the cities where the project has evolved, one Text Portrait of a homeless man is installed on a prominent city fa├žade. Once in the public space, the portrait of the homeless man and a rather personal story about his individual (and destitute) social condition enters into competition with images/signs (billboards) of commercial and political promotion.