Branka Ridicki (b. 1966) is a Croatian visual fine art artist, she works in a variety of media, including painting, installations, film and photography. She has worked as an independent documentary film producer and film-maker since 1991, and since 2001 she has exhibited her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries internationally. Her works are held in various private and public collections, such as the Museum of Ancient Glass in Zadar/Croatia. Branka has represented the Republic of Croatia at the 10th International Cairo Biennial, in Cairo/Egypt in 2007, at the United Nations in New York in 2006. She was chosen for art residencies, such as Glass Fusion Workshop at Museum of Ancient Glass in 2018 and Art Zagreb 2019. She is a member of the Croatian Association of Visual Artists. She has received her BA and MA in History of Art and Italian Literature and Language at the University of Zagreb.
Questioning the concept of space and time, her work is influenced by literature, journeys, the natural world and architecture. From 2004 until 2009 she worked on different projects as a member and one of the founders of the international artistic group Connecting-Art, an art platform including artists from France, Greece, Northern Ireland, USA, Jordan, Senegal, Egypt, Brazil, and Croatia. From 2006 until 2011 she was focusing on themes of intercultural dialogue by way of numerous travels and moves to different countries and due to her work in documentary film projects on inter-religious dialogue. Since 2012 until present she is focusing on the itinerary and cartographic elements in her paintings marked with fragments of urban architecture. This stems from the cultural framework she grew up in, within the historical urban architecture of her native town, Zadar reinforced in the context of multicultural experiences, throughout her constant relocations to New York, Cairo, Colombo and Delhi.
Major exhibitions of Branka's work have been held in Vladimir Filakovac Gallery, Zagreb/Croatia, 2016; Bearfoot Gallery, Colombo/Sri Lanka, 2016, ‘Branislav Dešković’ Museum, Bol, island Brač/Croatia, 2014; Kapetanova kula Gallery, Zadar/Croatia, 2011; Museum of Ancient Glass, Zadar/Croatia, 2010 and Mahmoud Mokhtar Museum, Cairo/Egypt, 2007. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions and art festivals including Art Fair ‘Art Zagreb’ 2019, Zagreb/Croatia, 2019; 'Manifestations of Space', Island Arts Center, Lisburn/Northern Ireland, 2018; 'International Visual Arts Exhibition 2017', JDA Perera Gallery, Colombo/Sri Lanka, 2017; 'Untitled', Barefoot Gallery, Colombo/Sri Lanka, 2016, 'Time Travel – The Changing Patterns of Culture – Pettah', Old Town Hall, Pettah, Colombo/Sri Lanka, 2013; 10th International Cairo Biennial, Cairo/Egypt, 2007, 'El Hakeeba' (The Bag), workshop and exhibition, Alexandria Atelier, Alexandria/Egypt, 2007; 'Connecting People, Connecting Cultures', the United Nations Headquarters, New York/USA, 2006.
She currently lives in New Delhi.
"Recalling memories of places from her childhood, Branka Ridicki travels through her own imaginary cities, from those already experienced, to those yet to come. She walks down cobbled streets, reviving an ancient town and shaping an innovative structure for additional formulation. Thus embraced cities exist in her thoughts, colored by the light of the Mediterranean, washed in the atmosphere of the permanent and the imperishable. Columns, towers, fortifications, rows of houses, dwellings and walls make up the matter of untold history of a city's heritage, narrations of past architectural structures that witness lasting changes and returns. She revives, lives through and remolds the complexity of her journeys through time and space, expanding them with new migrations and life adventures. By combining the past and present, she creates her own iconography of the abstract and recognizable, universal and personal."
Marijana Paula Ferenčić, 2016
For more information, view Branka Ridicki's CV.