Connect the Dots | Gita Blak

Željka Blakšić AKA Gita Blak
Connect the Dots: Nadezhda Krupskaya, 2019
Polymer relief print on Arches Cover, 13 x 18 inches 
Edition of 45
Printed by Ruth Lingen at Line Press
Željka Blakšić AKA Gita Bla
Connect the Dots: Celia Sanchez, 2019
Polymer relief print on Arches Cover, 13 x 18 inches 
Edition of 45
Printed by Ruth Lingen at Line Press

 

Planthouse is pleased to publish Connect the Dots by Željka Blakšić, a series of twelve relief prints depicting important female figures. The edition began as a drawing game made for Game Night, a series of free public events presenting artist-made games, organized by Sheetal Prajapati and Anna Harsanyi in New York. The evening Blakšić participated in explored the theme of feminist politics. Participants were invited to connect the dots in her images in order to reveal a female revolutionary portrait. All the women represented played a pivotal role, as activists, theorists, educators, and freedom fighters, in bringing monumental social change that enriched the lives of many. They are remembered and celebrated for their bravery, selflessness, dedication, and complexity. In 2019, Planthouse will release one female revolutionary portrait each month throughout the year, for a total of twelve portraits. 

Željka Blakšić AKA Gita Blak

Born in Zagreb, Croatia (ex-Yugoslavia) in 1983, Željka Blakšić AKA Gita Blak moved to New York City in 2007. She creates performances, 16mm films, videos, prints, and public interventions. In 2010 she received her Master of Fine Arts with Distinction from the School of Visual Arts, in the Photography, Video and Related Media Department. Her interdisciplinary practice is often inspired by the sub-culture of the 1990s-era in Croatia when punk, anarchy, and eco-movements were having a renewal. Resistance manifested itself through the cooperation and gathering of various 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. 

Blakšić has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe. Her recent performances and exhibitions were presented at Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf (Germany), Framer Framed (Amsterdam), Museum of Modern Art (New York), Herzliya Museum (Herzliya), Gallery Augusta (Helsinki), Los Sures Museum (New York), Recess (New York), AIR Gallery (New York), Offenbachplatz (Cologne), BRIC Contemporary Art Gallery (New York) and many others.

She was a recipient of the 2017 Residency Unlimited & National Endowment for the Arts Award for NYC based artist, 2016 Recess Session Residency and Via Art Fund Grant; 2014/15 AIR Gallery Fellowship in New York, 2012 The District Kunst und Kulturförderung Studio Award in Berlin; 2010 Paula Rhodes Memorial Award in New York City etc. Last year she was a resident at Fondazione Pistoletto in Biella, Italy and MuseumsQuartier in Vienna, Austria. Currently, she is working on a project at Alserkal Avenue in Dubai.

 

Connect The Dots

Thirty prints will be available from each series immediately. Fifteen prints from each edition will be packaged together in a deluxe portfolio that will be available in December 2019. Reserve the deluxe edition at a discount for $3,500. Individual Prints $350.

 

Purchase Connect the Dots Portfolio: 


 
Purchase Nadezhda Krupskaya Print: 

Nadezhda Krupskaya (1869 – 1938) was a Russian Bolshevik revolutionary, activist and politician who believed that access to an education was a step towards improving people’s lives. She was a historian and a theoretician of educational science in addition to being one of the main organizers of the socialist system of education. She served as the Soviet Union’s Deputy Minister of Education from 1929 until her death in 1939. A committed Marxist, she encouraged the development of a library system in the Soviet Union. She was the wife of Vladimir Lenin from 1898 until his death in 1924.


 
Purchase Cecilia Sanchez Print: 

Celia Sanchez (1920 – 1980) was a Cuban revolutionary, researcher, and archivist. She played a critical role in starting the Cuban Revolution and then administering the revolutionary state until her death in 1980. She championed the best values of the revolution. A capable organizer, she demonstrated courage in the face of danger, a commitment to transforming society, and a tireless dedication to her people. Sanchez launched parks, literacy programs and a national archive project.