Brankiça Zilović

Brankiça Zilović is a graduate of ENSBA, where she attended the workshops of Vladimir Veličković and Dominique Gauthier. Embroidery and the world of textiles have gradually imposed themselves on her practice to become her exclusive mediums. Her work is marked by the history of Serbia and the broader issues of migration and borders, combining individual and collective biography.

She sews, weaves, and embroiders, and creates installations, compositions, and drawings. Oblivion, loss and degeneration, the driving forces behind Brankiça’s work, are calling for new beginnings. Through repetition and obsession, time dilates and takes on an expiatory dimension, by replacing memory with the mechanization of gesture.

In 2023, Private Choice presents Brankiça Zilović at the Pour l’amour de l’Antique exhibition designed by Olivier Morand in Cavaillon, at the Puyricard d’Agar mansion. Greek mythology appears in Brankiça’s work as a new way of questioning our memory, our values, and our relationship with the world. By choosing the figures of Venus, Athena and Janus, the artist reveals the classical attributes of the gods and their unifying power in a colorful weave.

Her Retour à Ithaque series is a part of a desire to map shaken territories. The maiden voyage of Ulysses survives in our collective imagination as an exploration where many pitfalls had to be avoided. Through her embroidery on paperbacks, the artist tells the missions that belong to us today, relating to environmental emergencies: the alarming situation of Antarctica is at the heart of the artist’s reflections. On her open books, the silhouettes of various countries are outlined in textile. Like islands from the same archipelago, their identical format reflects their mutual destiny, inevitably linked to the Arctic Circle.


Brankiça Zilović was born in 1974 in Serbia. She lives and works in Paris.


  • 2002 / Graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
  • 1998 / Graduate of the National School of Fine Arts in Belgrade. 


  • 2018 / Paysages croisées, Abbaye mauriste Saint Florent de Vieil, France.
  • 2017 / Material recollection, galerie Beograd, Belgrade.
  • 2016 / Incarnations textiles, Project Space Artéfact, Paris.
  • 2011-2012 / Hasard, imprévu et d’autres aléas, Centre d’art Max Juclier, Villeneuve-la-Garenne.
  • 2009 / Filanature, Maison des arts de Grand Quevilly, Rouen.
  • 2004 / Fashion is everybody’s obsession, Maison des arts de Créteil.
  • 2003 / Robe, Musée de la Dentelle, Caudry, 2003.

In addition to her solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions, Brankiça Zilović participates in several fairs and festivals of contemporary art: MININIARTEXTIL, DRAWING NOW, D-DESSIN, Chic Art Fair, Paratissima, SALO, Salon de Montrouge, Novembre à Vitry, Salon du prix Antoine MARIN, Private Choice… She teaches at the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts d’Angers (Art and textile technique), at the Parsons Paris The New School (Textile in Fashion design) and at the ISAA (Institut Supérieur d’Art Appliqué, animation department).