Biljana Djurdjevic (b. 1973, Belgrade, Serbia) is an artist practicing mainly in painting, animation works, and sound works. Djurdjevic holds an MA from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, Serbia, and a PhD in Fine Arts from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, Serbia. She was also a guest lecturer at Parsons the New School for Design from 2010 to 2011.
While in earlier years Djurdjevic concentrated mainly on painting, she has recently begun developing her large-scale paintings into video animations, which also incorporate sounds.
Djurdjevic portrays realistically what seems as fabricated, unrealistic scenes, managing to examine the tension existing in the everyday. The subject might be a collective experience or a very subjective standpoint; all are based in harsh surroundings – an alienated, claustrophobic interior or a dense exterior. The correlating animation develops these themes, allowing her to deviate from the still depiction and deepen the effect on its viewer.
Selected solo shows include: Museet Moderna (2006, Stockholm), Galerie Davide Gallo (2006 Berlin), Gallery KIBLA (2009, Slovenia), Haifa Museum of Art (2009, Haifa), Cultural Center Belgrade (2010, Serbia), Museum of Contemporary Art (2013, Belgrade), Braverman Gallery (2015, Tel Aviv) and Goethe Institute (2017, Belgrade). Examples of her recent work include ‘The Dark Forest’ (2012) and ‘Instrument of Activity’ (2015).
Selected group exhibitions include: Palazzo delle Arti Napoli (2006, Naples), Sonoma Valley Museum of Art (2006, San Francisco), Ascona Museum of Modern Art (2007, Ascona), Musée d’art moderne Saint-Étienne Métropole (2009, Saint-Étienne), Museum of Contemporary Art (2009, Klagenfurt), Austrian Cultural Forum (2010, New York), Hagaur Museum (2010, Oslo), Frissiras Museum (2010, Athens), ESSL Collection Museum (2013, Austria), and Belgrade City Museum (2016, Belgrade).
Djurdjevic was awarded the Beijing Biennale 2nd prize in 2008 and the “Politika” prize for Best Exhibition in Serbia in 2013.