Brankica Zilovic has been creating cloth cartographies for several years, stemming from a reflection on Pangaea: at the end of the Carboniferous era, over 300 million years ago, the Earth’s entire landmass formed one single supercontinent.
Over the course of the follow-ng millions of years, Pangaea fractured, rifts formed and the surface of the land separated into continents.
At the end of history, science predicts, in about 250 million years, an ultimate Pangaea will come to be, and all the continents will be united once again.
Through globalization, both economically and in terms of communication and information networks, we are in a way already experiencing Pangaea.
But paradoxically, this doesn’t lead to a pacific unification of the world, far from it. Instead, it creates the exacerbation of oppositions, ruptures and ideological, religious and econom- ic rifts.
Continents are more than ever adrift, simultaneously moving and torn by intestine wars. Brankica Zilovic delivers a certain vision of the world, both poetic and violent, where she highlights this world’s tensions, dislocations and at times brutal sutures, with its arbitrary borders, extorted peace agreements, dispossessed territories… Globalization only creates a “super fragile” supercontinent constantly at risk of disintegration and liquefaction. A world adrift.
Born in Serbia. She lives and works in Paris.
Brankica Zilovic, visual artist graduated from Beaux-Arts de Paris and teacher, is developing a work for which the thread appears repeatedly.
Embroidery and the world of textiles have gradually become associated with his practices through installations, pictorial configurations or drawings.
Particularly attentive to a biography that is both individual and collective, while remaining marked in particular by the context and the history of Serbia, she carries out memorial acts in which the relationship to accumulation, repetition and abnegation allow her to let rhizomatic configurations emerge.
These sport an almost neuronal complexity that ultimately reflects the world of today.
Courtesy: the artist and Galerie Laure Roynette, Paris.