About

Gordana Zikic is visual artist, president of Center 424 nonprofit an artist-run organization, founder and artist coordinator at Belgrade Artist in Residence and a co-founder of the Martial artist in residence. She is a shamanic artist, studying and incorporating traditions and innovations in shamanism, both ancestral and contemporary.

She was born in Belgrade, Serbia where she currently lives and works. She completed her Ph.D. in Arts in 2018, undergraduate and graduate studies in painting in 2005 and 2009, at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade.  In 2004, Žikić won the Ljubica Sokić and Perspektive awards. She is a member of the Association of Fine Artists of Serbia (ULUS) and exhibits nationally and internationally

The work of Belgrade-born artist Gordana Žikić explores the practices of Shamanism and Neo-Shamanism. Drawing from the beliefs, traditions, and cultures of various peoples, Žikić’s art attempts to re-contextualize traditional  Shamanistic rituals, performances, and objects according to modern-day use and life. Žikić’s body of work focuses heavily on collecting and recycling found objects and materials such as hair, fur, shells, copper wire, feathers, and beads. These items are then transformed by Žikić into sacred objects using traditional and current artistic methods to reveal her perspective in regard to symbolism, spiritual mythology, and identity. Moreover, this transformation demonstrates how personal narratives intertwine, challenge, and mimic other international narratives.

Email:

dragon277@gmail.com

Websites:

gordanazikic.wordpress.com

https://pinnypinny.wordpress.com

https://belgradeartistinresidence.wordpress.com/

Education:

2018 Ph.D. in art at Faculty of Fine Arts, Belgrade, Serbia

2011 Semester in Facultad de Bellas Artes, Barcelona, Spain

2005 Graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Belgrade, Serbia

2009 Postgraduate studies Faculty of Fine Arts, Belgrade, Serbia

Solo exhibitions:

2018 Red Deer – FLU gallery, Belgrade, Serbia

2015 Black Box- KC Grad, Belgrade, Serbia

2015 Black Box – Remont Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia

2014 Shamanism -UK Palilula, Belgrade, Serbia

2014 Photographs Barcelona, Casa Eslava, Barcelona, Spain

2011 Only Sky is the Limit –Gallery of contemporary art Pancevo, Pancevo, Serbia

2010 Blow up glow- the exhibition of paintings -solo show,– Dom omladine, Belgrade, Serbia

2009 Fragments of reality, solo show, Faculty of Fine Arts Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia

2009 Harajuku drawings –solo show, Christianshavns Beboerhus, Copenhagen, Denmark

2006 Inner Red- Ikar Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia

2005 Red, Madame Gallery, Pancevo, Serbia

Performance:

2019 La Sombra – The Shadow, Barcelona, Spain

2019 Voice of the Rain, Magacin, Belgrade, Serbia

2019 Summer Solstice, Magacin, Belgrade, Serbia

2019 Shaman’s heart, Polet, Belgrade, Serbia

2019 Lagrimas Negras, Kolarac, Belgrade, Serbia

2018 Cutting off the Bonds, Gothenburg, Sweden

2017 Rabbit, Gothenburg, Sweden

2015 Rewriting history – performance, also as part of the exhibition “It is what it is, what it was and what it’ll be” KC Grad, Belgrade, collaboration with Teresa Paiva and Bosko Begovic

2013 Viewpoints improvisations with Katarina Rasic and Jennifer Van Exel

2012 Seagulls, Barcelona, Spain

Selected group exhibitions:

2017  “Back to now” International exhibition and project, Gallery U10, Belgrade, Serbia

2017 “Pop-up exhibition” Gallery Stab, Belgrade, Serbia
2016 “Drawings – five answers”- Genevieve Leavold, Natasa Kokic, Marija Bjekic, Predrag Damjanovic, Centar424, Belgrade, Serbia

2014 “Drawings” – UK Palilula, Belgrade, Serbia

2013. “There will be no miracles here”, Luis Leu, Karlsruhe, Germany

2011 “HJEM.DOM.HOME”, Kulturstationen Vanløse, Copenhagen

2011 “HJEM.DOM.HOME”, European Center for Culture and Debate GRAD, Belgrade

2011. “HJEM.DOM.HOME”, Cultural Center Pancevo, Serbia

2011. “Mientras quepa en la maleta”, No automático”, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico

2011 “LAKKA studio art” Distrito Federal, México

2011 “Museo del Ámbar” San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico

2010. “Mladi 2010”, Nis art foundation, 3 exhibitions: Nis, Novi Sad, Beograd

2009  “Ny Serbsk Kunst”- Vanløse Kulturhus, cultural center, Copenhagen, Denmark

2008 “Remake”, Contemporary art gallery of Smederevo, Smederevo, Serbia

2008 “New members of ULUS”, Cvijeta Zuzoric, Belgrade, Serbia

2007 “Mixed worlds”, The city of Tampere Cultural center gallery, Tampere, Finland

2007 10th International Istanbul Biennial, Project Nightcomers, Istanbul, Turkey

2007 12th International Media art Biennial WRO07, Wroclaw, Poland

2007 “Remake or real, a remake of simulated”, Kontekst gallery, Belgrade, Serbia

2006 “Videomedeja”, international video festival, Museum of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia

2006 “Tracing gender – the sense of engagement” Gallery OZON and Culture Center Deve, Belgrade, Serbia

2005 “Nobody like me “ Culture Center “Studentski grad”, New Belgrade, Serbia

2004 “Perspectives” Yugoslav Gallery of Art, Belgrade, Serbia

Teaching experience:

2017 Guest lecturer, Dômen Konstskola, Gothenburg, Sweden

2015 Guest lecturer, Dômen Konstskola, Gothenburg, Sweden
2015-2016 Drawing Teacher in “Stranac Academy”, Belgrade, Serbia
2009 Workshop, Vanløse Kulturhus, Cultural Center, Copenhagen, Denmark

Curatorial projects:

2017 Back to now, International exhibition and project- as curator in collaboration with artist and curator Isidora Ficovic, Gallery U10, Belgrade, Serbia
2016 Exhibition of Drawings -Copying= Originality- Boško Begović
2016 Drawings – group exhibition with Genevieve Leavold, Natasa Kokic, Marija Bjekic, Predrag Damjanovic, Centar424, Belgrade, Serbia
2014 “Drawings” –group exhibition, UK Palilula, Belgrade, Serbia

Awards and Residencies:

2019 Artist in Residence – La Escocesa – Barcelona, Spain

2019 I-Portunus grant for Artist in residence and International collaboration between Belgrade AIR and La Escocesa

2017 Artist in Residence – Konstepidemin, Gothenburg,  Sweden

2004 The Award for painting “Ljubica Sokic”, Belgrade, Serbia

2004 The Award “Perspectives” of the Yugoslav Gallery of Art Works, Belgrade, Serbia

Collections:

2009 Mural painting for Vanløse Kulturhus, Cultural Center, Copenhagen, Denmark

Works held in private collections in Canada, the United States, Denmark, Spain, Serbia

Workshops:

2013 Viewpoints, Intensive Workshop with Lori Baldwin, Mixer house, Belgrade, Serbia

2007 Stage combat with Ran Arthur Braun, Bitef, Belgrade

Publications:

2018 Oslobodjenje KUN

2016 Polaroid of the day artistic platform (English/Spanish)

2016 Jill Lindstrom, Uppsala Universitet, Artistic consequences of the war: an analysis of Belgrade as an art scene based on the political history of the site, artistic themes and the presence of stigmata.

2015 Inspirishi me an online magazine

2015 Grad European Center for Culture and Debate website

2011 RTV Pancevo

2011 The Man magazine

2009 Information Danish newspaper

2004 Novosti newspaper

Interviews:

2019 Artemis Projects podcast by Ira Ferris

2018 Oslobodjenje KUN

2017 Yale radio, Brainard Carrey

2017 Interview by Julie Diebold

2016 2016 Jill Lindstrom, Uppsala Universitet, Artistic consequences of the war: an analysis of Belgrade as an art scene based on the political history of the site, artistic themes and the presence of stigmata.

2015 Radio Beograd 2, Kulturni krugovi

2007 Radio Beograd

Other:

2017 Co-founder of “Center424”, NGO, Belgrade, Serbia

2016 Illustrations for children book, “Bird Song” in collaboration with writer Matea Kulic, Vancouver, Canada

2012 Co-founder of Belgrade Artist in Residence, Belgrade, Serbia

2012 Co-founder of Martial Artist in Residence, Belgrade, Serbia

2008 Pinny Pinny- general designer

2008 Cover and drawings for the book of poems by Milica Vuckovic “Lude godine”, Belgrade Serbia

2008 Member of ULUS Association of Fine Artists of Serbia

Contact:

Email: dragon277@gmail.com

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