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Darko Maver and fake news

Eva and Franco Mattes, Darko Maver

Eva and Franco Mattes, Darko Maver

Eva and Franco Mattes, Darko Maver

I use the occasion of the ongoing group show at Carroll/Fletcher to post these old works of ours, from 1998. They’re supposedly made by a reclusive artist named Darko Maver, whom we invented back then. His life was set in former Yugoslavia and heavily influenced by the ongoing war. No sculpture ever existed, the images documenting his artworks were photos of real atrocities found on the internet. We’re still wrapping our heads around the recent “fake news” turn, and if/how it is going to affect the perception of these kind of works. As Hannah Barton wrote in a recent article “Yet there is nothing intrinsically leftist about the practical process of détournements, as tactically viral fake news demonstrates. The technique can be reduced to an ideologically flexible logic of inversion and appropriation”.