Katalin Ladik: Ooooooooo-pus


The artistic poetry of the Hungarian poet, performance artist and actress


ISBN: 9788857248530 Category:


Katalin Ladik’s radical approach to concrete and visual poetry, sound, performance, and sculpture established her as a key figure in Central and Eastern European art.

Over the course of the 1960s, Ladik became an integral part of the literary and artistic avant-gardes of her birthplace Novi Sad (former Yugoslavia, now Serbia) as the only female artist in the male-dominated art world of the time. Her presence in Budapest from the early 1970s onward catalyzed a fully embodied turn towards visual art. Ladik increasingly merged visual poetry with experimental sound practice, positioning herself at the intersection of various established and new performance traditions, from theater and film to happenings, rituals, photoperformance, and television.

This illustrated monograph contextualizes Ladik’s wide-ranging practice within post-war international discourses on (lens-based) performance, concrete and visual poetry, score- and instruction-based work, feminist histories, as well as the motifs of ritual and folklore in recent art.

Renowned artists, critics, and scholars from different generations and backgrounds including Diedrich Diederichsen, Hendrik Folkerts, Irena Haiduk, Ana Janevski, and Dieter Roelstraete contribute longer-form essays, while various experts such as Pierre Bal-Blanc, Fanny Hauser, Emese Ku¨rti, Quinn Latimer, Bhavisha Panchia, Gloria Sutton, Sarah Johanna Theurer, Paolo Thorsen-Nagel, and Mónica de la Torre focus on a single work from Ladik’s oeuvre.

Katalin Ladik contributes a newly commissioned visual essay, highlighting particular images and source materials that have informed her foundational practice from the 1960s until the present day.

Additional information

Weight 536 g
Dimensions 17.4 x 24.6 cm
Publisher name Skira Editore S.p.A
Publication date 14 February 2024
Number of pages 240
Format Hardback
Dimensions 17.4 x 24.6 cm
Weight 536 g


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Hendrik Folkerts is Curator of International Contemporary Art and Head of Exhibitions at Moderna Museet in Stockholm.