Factories, 2014, 15 posters, 150 x 100 cm each
Darko Aleksovski was born in Veles, a well-known industrial city in the Republic of Macedonia. In the second half of the 20th century, there were a large number of factory giants from a variety of industries in Veles: food, textile, metallurgy, chemistry, construction, etc. These factories still exist, but, although privatized, do not operate anymore. Not having reached their full production potential, today they remain as monuments to a failed history, reminders of a time when they “fed” the entire city.
Factories is a series of large-format, paint-by-numbers-style posters designed as participatory works that invite the audience to create new images of Veles’ infamous monuments. These posters are artistic contributions addressing current social situations; re-imagined as blank sheets of paper, ready to be colored and completed as images, they ask for the possibly to reclaim the factories’ lost potential even though the positive purpose they once served has become history.
Darko Aleksovski (1989, Veles, Macedonia) is visual and performing artist. Graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Skopje, Macedonia. He was Artist in Residence at bm:ukk Artist-in-Residence Program (Vienna, Austria) and Deutsche Börse Residency Program at Frankfurter Kunstverein (Frankfurt, Germany). His works and projects were shown in a number of solo and group exhibitions in Europe and Macedonia. His artistic interests derive mainly from institutional critique theories and practices. Although he works with different media (objects, text, performance, video, etc.), he always tries to address a very specific personal relationship with art institutions, subjects from the art world and social situations he encounters as an artist. In his works he tries to translate with artistic instruments the individual and collective feelings of what it means to be an artist here and now.