Installation view Galerija 90-60-90, Pogon, Zagreb
She for Ship or Regatta in White, installation view
New Town Future Film, video still
Night Cities Series (Berlin) #3, photograph
Man, Ship and a Landscape, videostill / photograph
Production videostill from Smiling Sun
WohnortZagreb, Berlin (GER)
ZeitraumSeptember 2017 - Oktober 2017
Multimedia artist, born in Zagreb, lives and works in Berlin and Zagreb. Her conceptual and contextual practice in the media photography, video/experimental film and installation examines themes of poetics/politics of dislocation, migration, nomadism, no-places and construction of identity within „in-between-ness“.
She studied Art History and German Language and Literature at the Universities of Zagreb and Mainz; Art Photography at Wiesbaden School of Fine Arts and postgraduate studies program “Fine Art in Context “ at the University of the Arts Berlin (M.A.) and the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK.
She won several grants and was an artist in residence at Watershed Media Centre Bristol, UK (2002); at the Moscow House of Photography with a grant from the Berlin Senate Cultural Affairs Department, Moscow (2004); at the Atlantic Centre for the Arts, Florida, USA (2006); at KulturKontakt Austria, Vienna (2008); at Residency Unlimited, New York (2013) and again in 2014 with a grant from the Berlin Senate Cultural Affairs Department and was awarded a postproduction residency at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus Ohio, USA. In 2015 she won studio-residency at the Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation in New York, USA and in 2017 at Q21 / MuseumsQuartier, Vienna.
Bilankov's works have been shown internationally in art venues as well as film & video festivals, where she has been among the prizewinners. Venues include Directors Lounge, Berlin (solo, 2017); Photon Gallery, Ljubljana (solo, 2016); Gallery Loris, Berlin (solo, 2016); 25th Slavonian Biennial, Museum of Fine Arts, Osijek (2016); Gallery 90-60-90 / Pogon Jedinstvo, Zagreb (solo, 2015); Museum of Contemporary Art / MSU, Zagreb (2015, 2012, 2010); Palazzo Zenobio / Collegio Armeno, Venice (2015); Dazibao Centre de Photographies Actuelles, Montreal (2014); Kino Šiška, Ljubljana (2014); Collegium Hungaricum, Berlin and Media Art Fair, Essen (2013); 29. Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Bali Kino (2012); Kino Arsenal, Berlin (2011); Kino Tuškanac, Zagreb (solo, 2011); 25 FPS - International Experimental Film and Video Festival, Kino SC, Zagreb (2010); Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art / MMSU, Rijeka (2009); Gallery Weisser Elefant, Berlin (2007); Gallery PM / HDLU, Zagreb (solo, 2006); Gallery M. Kraljević, Zagreb (solo, 2005); 1st Moscow Biennale, Museum of Modern Art, Moscow (2005); Gallery Nova / WHW, Zagreb (solo, 2004).
The idea for the experimental video project "Smiling Sun" I had during my last residency in New York, where I made research about a historical cruiser ship, who changed during her life several owners, continents and names and in 1999 ended in an accident under the seas of Indonesia.
The ship as a symbol of migration, dislocation and heterotopian “place without place” appears very often in my previous work. Here the topic is a bit shifted and raises also the question if the tourism, with the high production of sweet illusions, mostly by the economic migrants from the “third world”) is really the last utopia of today, as Boris Greuys said. And what if this "utopia" ends as a wrack under the sea, from where the sun – the former sculptural emblem of the cruiser ship - is smiling to us.
During the Q21-residency in Vienna I will make further research on this topic, searching for new visual found footage in combination with video footage I made previously in the USA and experiment with the structure and visual language for the new video/video-installation work.