Red Deer – Anthropology facets within new visualities

Photo Milan Kralj


Gallery FLU  – Belgrade – 6-15. March 2018.

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.

This re-contextualization is the basis for Neo-Shamanism, which allows contemporary practitioners from many parts of the world to piece together their own visions and spirituality outside of the confines of a village or tribe; a borderless endeavor that connects people, encourages perspective, and emphasizes the power of choice. For Žikić, the freedom allotted via Neo-Shamanism is a powerful tool that stokes creativity, and allows the artist to question, re-interpret, and act as a type of creative Shaman.

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.

Žikić identifies as both heiress to, and a participant in, a universal culture where she is able to juxtaposition old-word and present-day approaches to redefine how human beings continue to create meaning through the use of quotidian objects, original imagery, and by developing new, transcendent spaces.

Rachel Klipa, art historian