2017 | NYC | Artist
Željka Blakšić aka Gita Blak
“Through Active Range of Motion, We Come Through.”, 2016, performance
Željka Blakšić aka Gita Blak is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York City. Her inspiration often stems from the subculture of the 1990s era in Croatia, when punk, anarcho, and eco movements were undergoing renewal where resistance manifested through the cooperation and gathering of different alternative social groups. This experimental environment became a university of rebellion–a key force, giving voice to new expressions of democracy, justice, common values, and free speech. Her artistic career began in early adolescence in the field of music that she continues to nurture through performances with musicians in experimental music and visual appearances. Blakšić has developed a research-based and socially engaged approach to art making; current work reflects longterm collaborations with various collectives and choirs often placed in nontraditional spaces. She works across multiple disciplines but the constants in her practice are 16mm film, installations, video, and performance.
In her most recent project BROUHAHA she worked collaboratively with Brujas, a collective of native New Yorkers that uses skateboarding as a means of community engagement, to transform Recess Gallery, NY into a shape-shifting habitat, with a sculptural skate ramp positioned in the space as its physical anchor. And as part of the ARTIZEN 2016 she developed a performance with the group of young dancers and actors from Cluj, Romania for the Parcul Feroviarilor (Railroad Worker's Park) called "Through Active Range of Motion, We Come Through".
Recent exhibitions and projects include: 2016 Recess Gallery, NY; MoMA Poprally, NY; Artizen Cluj, Romania; BRIC Contemporary Art Gallery, NY; Herzlyia Museum, Israel; Gallery Augusta, Helsinki; District Kunst- und Kulturförderung, Berlin; AIR Gallery, NY; Active Space, NY; Urban Festival in Croatia; Gallery of SESI, Sao Paolo, Brazil; The Kitchen, NY and The Khyber Centre for the Arts in Canada. She is a recipient of the Recess Session Residency in NY, A.I.R.Gallery Fellowship Program for emerging women artists, The District Kunst Award in Berlin 2013; New York Foundation for the Arts Residency 2012, Paula Rhodes Award 2010 in New York City and many others. She is currently preparing a project for The MuseumsQuartier in Vienna.
Support: Željka Blakšić aka Gita Blak's residency is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) ArtWorks Grant..