Six questions for
Mark Požlep

Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Mark Požlep.

Artist Mark Požlep
Lives in Ghent, Belgium

How do you describe your own art practice?

I seek to explore durational performances / artistic journeys, positioning myself in varied embodied interactions within politicized contexts. Working with moving audiences, I utilize social interference and interaction as a means to question structures of power in society and art. In tandem, I explore different media to transcribe actions conducted in the field. My practice is grounded in procedural exploration, employing the methodology of action-research and a cyclical pattern of observation and reflection. While durational performances are documented, the perpetual question arises: how can we evaluate the representation of experiences not directly encountered by ourselves? I aim to translate the poetics of my encounters as embodied experiences to the audience, acknowledging the narrative uncertainty produced during journeys through performative spaces. Media such as travel logs, artist books, documentary performances, video and film essays, and immersive education are integral to this exploration.

Which question or theme is central in your work?

Consciously, I am on a constant quest for buried layers, reflecting on relationships between historical narratives and socio-political realities.

Unconsciously, looking back, I realize that most of the projects I have worked on included a body of water.

What was your first experience with art?

I grew up in a small town in Slovenia in the 90s, where friends and I squatted an abandoned building in the city center. The space brought together painters, musicians, graffiti artists, small-town drug dealers, and various individuals connected to the scene. This place was a parallel universe within the city center, offering us unparalleled creative freedom.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

I initiate projects with a journey serving as research. The uncertain moments during travel serve as my greatest source of inspiration.

What do you need in order to create your work?

A strong idea is the foremost requirement, one that instills a sense of necessity in what I am doing. As projects become more complex, time becomes of the utmost importance. With sufficient time, the pieces fall into place eventually.

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

The Living and the Dead Ensemble – The Wake.

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