Serbian artist Biljana Đurđević

Đurđević created a body of paintings between 1999 and 2007, in which she depicts the most unsettling, dark, and horrible aspects of humanity. She is one of a generation of Serbian artists who lived through the fears, shock and panic of the failing state of  Yugoslavia, and the beginning of Serbia’s isolation under Slobodan Milošević. Her disturbing paintings are situated in weird places like public baths, hospitals, or morgues. Figurative works capture the fear and melancholy of a society haunted by too much death, too much distrust, too much loathing.

In 2015 she had a major exhibition in Israel titled Instrument of Activity  where she addressed sweat shops. She juxtaposed her own animations to large scale paintings.  Note the image of the bee hive as a surrogate for factory work or human productions.

Biljana Djurdjevic, Instrument of Activity

Biljana Djurdjevic, Bee Hive ( (still from animation), 2014-2015, 07:26 min


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