EXHIBITIONS


Vrata grada/City Gate

Kapetanova kula gallery, Zadar, Croatia, August 8 - August 25 2016

Recalling memories of places from her childhood, Branka Ridicki travels through her own imaginary cities, from those already experienced, to those yet to come. She walks down cobbled streets, reviving an ancient town and shaping an innovative structure for additional formulation. Thus embraced cities exist in her thoughts, colored by the light of the Mediterranean, washed in the atmosphere of the permanent and the imperishable. Columns, towers, fortifications, rows of houses, dwellings and walls make up the matter of untold history of a city's heritage, narrations of past architectural structures that witness lasting changes and returns. She revives, lives through and remolds the complexity of her journeys through time and space, expanding them with new migrations and life adventures. By combining the past and present, she creates her own iconography of the abstract and recognizable, universal and personal.
(From the foreword by custos Marijana Paula Ferencic)

 


Stories About Cities

Paradise Road gallery, Colombo Sri Lanka, May 22 - June 13 2014

The architecture and history of Galle Fort and Colombo Fort inspired my new cycle of paintings wherein the complex composition of architecture is reduced to simplified volumes. My previous research inaugurated open spaces, urban heritage, lights and colors of the Mediterranean, now my new focus is to deconstruct the life of the town in the context of its history: history of different cultures overlapping - European and Asian. I kept the same artistic approach, using a spatula to apply layers of paint in order to achieve the thick coat resembling the surface of a wall and architectural facades, as well as symbolizing layers of ancient towns that preceded the one visible today. The image of the building became my main interest - images of gateways and towers and also the body of houses forming town. My aim here was to represent the living and creative heart of the town with its main squares, towers and gateways as symbols of the human, cultural and civilizational sinergy. The way of telling the stories about towns is inspired here from the medieval descriptive representations of biblical stories.

 

   
   

Urban Traces

Town Library, Komiža, Island Vis, July 17 - July 23, 2011

These canvases, grouped and lined up actually invoke comparisons with series of random images photographed during a journey: taken as they were, without any posing. Seemingly real, but at the same time perhaps artificially created places, offers horizons of their own, horizons that establishes their own sets of values. And though the town occasionally lurks behind the buildings, at the times it vanishes and dissolves into tree tops and sky. Entering these buildings brings about almost antic i nterpretations of existence which is complex in its meanings.
The aim of this deconstruction of context of architectural segments lays in underlining of beauty of order of urban heritage in contemporary environment. Contemporary man in this environment is thorn amongst natural catastrophes and demands for conservation of nature at one hand, and dictate of economic progress at another.

   
   

Urban Traces

Kapetanova kula gallery, Zadar, June 16 - June 30, 2011

 
   
   

Wish You Were Here 10

A.I.R. Gallery's Annual Postcard Show, A.I.R. gallery, New York, June 23 - July 18, 2011
Yearly benefit postcard show

 
   
   

Viaggio

Museum of Ancient Glass, Zadar, Croatia, October 20 - November 10, 2010

Installation by Branka Ridicki exploring theme of travel within the context of dialogue between different cultures and religions

Project Viaggio is a visual reconstruction of itinerary of an early linguist and traveler to India Filip Vezdin, described in his book Viaggio alle Indie Orientali, wherein he researched the lack of communications between distant cultures. He tried to reverse the flow of communication to the point where lack of knowing of different languages is abridged by visual component of different scripts. Vezdin concluded that if ability to understand the language of our fellow man did not bring about better understanding amongst the people, that there must be some other kind of experience and other kind of communication that would enable men to understand and ultimately care for each other. Being a renaissance man of many interests, Vezdin dived in the science of the Sufi mystics and found that one of the virtues venerated by Sufis was – travelling. The Sufis did not find travelling to be important merely because by travelling one gets to know other cultures. More important was that by being a foreigner in a foreign land one tends to lose the security one has at his home; he becomes humble and vulnerable, and thus able to feel rather than understand the position of the most deprived members of any societies. And so – Vezdin travelled! he project Viaggio is a visual attempt to undergo that very same journey from understanding to feeling and carrying. It communicates through installation of map like paintings, old suitcases, rolled paintings on paper, personal photos and 50 minutes documentary “Viaggio”. More than two centuries after him, I undergo a personal journey based on Vezdin’s itinerary, and in a documentary film compare India of Vezdin’s times and sensibility with contemporary India of the global world. With its interaction of different visual genres the Viaggio project aims to provide a new eye-point in experiencing different cultural patterns.

   
   

Wish You Were Here 8

A.I.R. Gallery's Annual Postcard Show, A.I.R. gallery, New York, June 23 - July 18, 2009

Yearly benefit postcard show

 
   
   

Branka Ridicki at Khan El Maghraby gallery

Khan Al Maghraby gallery, Cairo, Egypt, February 5 - February 16, 2008

Paintings by Branka Ridicki from 2006 - 2008

 
   
   

International Biennale of Sculptors and Painters - Mediterranean 2008

Town Museum of Trogir - Cate Duišin Ribar gallery, Trogir, Croatia, September 9 - September 21, 2008

HAZU- Palace Milezi, Split, Croatia, October 8 - October 23, 2008

Group show of contemporary art

   
   

East-West @ Dar Alanda gallery

Dar Alanda gallery, Amman, Jordan, July 23 - August 14, 2008

Five women artists from East and West: Silvia Poloto, Hilda Hiary, Amina Al Nasseri, Branka Ridicki and Nadine Bourgne

   
   

Viaggio

Mahmoud Mokhtar Museum, Mahmoud Mokhtar Cultural Centre, Cairo, Egypt, December 10 - December 24, 2007

Installation by Branka Ridicki exploring theme of travel within the context of dialogue between different cultures and religions
Exhibition was opened by Minister of Culture of Egypt Mr. Farouk Hosny

 
   
   

El Hakeeba (The Baggage)

Alexandria Atelier, Alexandria, Egypt, 2007

Workshop and exhibition of contemporary artists dealing with the baggage - baggage as a word, an image or a concept.

   
   

Dialogues, Part I: The Elements

Art Space Centre - Cultural Centre "Aris Garoufalidis", Ptolemaida, Greece, 2007

With the group of contemporary artists "ConnectingArt"

A project where artists are engaged in a dialogue, starting from generation, national and cultural differences to the ways of modern visual perception exploring the limit effects of the work between them.

   
   

10th Cairo International Biennale

Museum of Modern Art, Cairo, Egypt, 2006

   
   

Dialogues, Part I: The Elements

Vlassis gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2006

With the group of contemporary artists "ConnectingArt"

A project where artists are engaged in a dialogue, starting from generation, national and cultural differences to the ways of modern visual perception exploring the limit effects of the work between them.

 
   
   

The New Esperanto, project Connecting People, Connecting Cultures

UN Headquarters, New York, 2006

With the group of contemporary artists "ConnectingArt"

While the involved artists all have different social and cultural backgrounds their aim is to break down traditionally constructed barriers and stereotypes.

   
   

Biennale Internazionale dell'Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy

   
   

ConnectingArt in Zadar

Public Museum, Gradska straža gallery, Zadar, Croatia, 2005

With the group of contemporary artists "ConnectingArt"