Drawing Art Gallery CHAOS

Branka Jankovic Knezevic was born in Novi Sad in 1950. She graduated on the Faculty of Arts in Belgrade, the Department of Painting and finished her postgraduate studies at the Academy of Art in Novi Sad. From 1976 to 1994, she worked as a painter conservator at the Regional Institute for the protection of cultural monuments in Novi Sad. Since 1994, she has been working as a professor at the Academy of Art in Novi Sad, teaching the subject Drawing with technology.
From 1974, she participated in numerous group exhibitions held in her home country and abroad (Austria, Spain, Poland and Greece).
She is the winner of six prizes in the area of drawing, painting and graphics in her home country and abroad (Greece).
Professional visits: Austria, Hungary, Spain, Poland, Switzerland, Italy, France, Germany, Holland, Turkey and Russia.
She exhibited individually on fifteen exhibitions in her home country and abroad (Switzerland), which included drawings, paintings and graphic works.

After a series of portraits of Jean- Paul Sartre, Franz Kafka, Berthold Brecht, Pablo Picasso, Joseph Boys and Danilo Kish, there comes Samuel Becket, too. He is for Branka Janković Knežević not only an interesting, always enigmatic intellectual figure of specific physionomic features but also a personality - symbol. A writer who more than half a century ago precisely pointed out some of the essential characteristics of modern man and world in general, our unrest, permanent discontext and our dilemmas over life chaos, a writer who pointed out our hopes, (crazy) expectations, our resistence, even when we stay humble and silent, while we are waiting for Becet 's and our Godot, that general, widely accepted metaphor, still more and more convinced he is in fact not coming, at least not in the idealized form we wish and in the period of time limited by human life time and existence.
Like her earlier performances, this exhibition of drawings of Branka Jankovic Knezevic can be interpreted as a barometar of reactions to the reality surrounding us.

Irina Subotic
Translated by Maja Zauner

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