TEXT PORTRAITS
LIPSTICK PORTRAITS
SELFSHAVES
BARCODED
WALL WORKS

TRANSFIGURATIVE WORKS

Transfigurative Works investigates the possibilities and challenges as well as the limits of visual representation in general, but it is primarily concerned with the role of the close-up, which tends to draw attention to the politics of representation involved in the production of visibility and invisibility of the human face. Both of these productions are socially conditioned and socially performed. Moreover, as often as not, they are produced in/by public space, where the “ideal face” may be used for fulfilling ideological propaganda or market purposes. Markovic applies the term transfigurative to a body of work he started to produce in the mid-1990s, comprising series: Lipstick Portraits, Selfshaves, Text Portraits, BarCoded and Wall Works. In all of these works, main focus has been on the human face. In contrast to conventional portraits based on figurative procedures, however, his works are not representational and iconic. Even though his works are all pictures of real men and women, his portraits are other than figurative; they go beyond pure resemblance. They are not abstract, but rather trans-figurative.