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>From "La Stampa", 12 February 2000

Art and life in the age of the Internet

THE INEXISTENT ARTIST


by Marco Vallora


In these days came the news that one of the artist whom people discussed recently in
occasion of the last Venice Biennale, and with particular attention in some reviews
dedicated to art critic, was a fake, he didn?t exist. The same old, elusive, proteiform
0100101110101101.ORG. Obviously accuses the critique and art world of understanding
nothing, of falling a prey to tricks, of living on fiction: if an inexistent artist can
become famous in only one year, which seriousness can still pretend the conceited circuit
critics-organisers-museums? He is right, there is no doubt. And so they tell you, but you,
as a critic, don?t you feel involved? The problem is not that this imaginary Darko Maver
(created with all his perfect attributes: Slovenian, orphan, escaped from the Academy,
bombed by the Nato or even dead committing suicide... it seems a plot by Liala) doesn?t
exist, because someone behind this ?fiction? or ?appearance? exist anyhow. The problem is
more general: we mustn?t believe to this ridiculous and Mafia-like system, that accepts
and promotes and organises seminaries on a presumed artist, whose unique ?value? is the
fact of being from ex Yugoslavia, rebel, involved in the war, while if his works exist or
not has no more importance. And so he becomes an ?artist? only thanks to that mediatic
?charmes?: that?s news and that?s all. It?s not a chance that the piece of information
about his inexistence comes the day in which newspapers are theorising on the hammer and
sickle tattoo of Bertinotti?s [leader of the Italian communist party] nephew. Even the art
world, nowadays, goes on like this: it was theorised years ago by David Ross, the Whitney
director, in a text in which he defended the heteronomy of art and the fall of the borders
between art and life: so, it suffices to be Porto Ricans, or lesbians, or belong to an
ethnic minority, to gain a place in a museum. Besides we discover now that the dreadful
images passed off for Maver?s ?art? have been found in web sites: exactly no difference
between art and life, as D?Annunzio wanted. Maybe Szemann, the Biennale director will
laugh a lot about this misunderstanding because this news fortifies his ludic vision. Some
years ago an ingenious Brazilian artist showed in the Biennale all the visiting cards that
had allowed him to gain a place in that Holy Enclosure. The work was anything but that
empty walk.

All the stuff on the ?Darko Maver Affair? - works, articles, photographs - is available at
the url: http://www.0100101110101101.ORG/maver


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