Biljana Durdevic

The Dr. Éva Kahán Foundation is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of Biljana Đurđević in Budapest. Alternating between garish, clinical interiors, shadowy figures and vacant industrial landscapes, the paintings and animations of Đurđević (b. 1973, Belgrade, Serbia) portray the shaky underpinnings of a society in which the promise of success means nothing more than survival of the fittest.

Đurđević warns of the risks inherent in the breakdown of measures that guard over the social well-being of a population. In midst of social and economic changes, the rise of the gig economy and the globalisation of markets, her exhibition in the Kahan Art Space Budapest touches on themes of pollution, de-population, and the endemic exploitations of people in her native Balkan region. In stark, classical detail, a series of realistic yet dreamlike scenes play on the tensions and anxieties simmering in the wake of contemporary technological revolution following the deregulation of economic policies pursued by neo-liberal corporations and politicians.

Biljana Đurđević (b. 1973, Belgrade, Serbia) is one of the most important contemporary Serbian artists. Djurdjevic holds a BA and MA from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade and was a guest lecturer at Parsons the New School for Design from 2010 to 2011.

While in earlier years Đurđević concentrated mainly on painting, she has recently begun developing her large-scale paintings into video animations.

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), Goethe Institute (2017, Belgrade) .

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), Belgrade City Museum (2016, Belgrade), , Art Gallery Nadezda Petrovic. Memorial Nadezda Petrovic, (2020, Cacak Serbia).

In 2020 she published a graphic novel based on the work from her later body of work “Instrument of Activity”.