Branislav Jankic is a Serbian-American filmmaker, performance artist and photographer based in New York and Chicago.  Born in the former Yugoslavia and raised during the early years of the civil war, his work explores paraphilia, vulnerability, and dynamics of power. After migrating to Munich as a child, Jankic graduated in 2008 with a degree in Information Technology. Shortly thereafter, he began working as a model and later on as photographer, with his work appearing in Interview (RU, DE), GQ (UK), Vogue Homme (Japan), Elle, and Flaunt.

Under the tutelage of Gian Paolo Barbieri and other accomplished photographers and directors, Jankic’s work has evolved to display an “honesty that unites the personal and the universal, dismantl[ing] fixed perceptions, stereotypes and taboos“ (Huffington Post).  

Jankic draws deeply from his own past as a child of war, of addiction, and of rebirth. His first major book of photography, Letter to My Mother (2015), sold out its initial run, receiving the Association of Substance Abuse Program’s 2017 Lone Star Award. The Letter documentary won first prize (Best Short Documentary) at the Madrid International Film Festival.  His collaboration with Gian Paolo Barbieri, Flowers of My Life, juxtaposes Jankic’s poetry with Gian Paolo Barbieri’s photographs and notebook excerpts. A “love story of an unprecedented genre, a nostalgic walk full of sensuality and sadness” (Vogue Paris), Flowers debuted at Milan Fashion Week and has been praised in Vanity Fair (IT), I.D.,
Women’s Wear Daily, and Love Magazine (UK). A performance based feature film of Flowers is being developed for release in early 2018. Currently, Jankic is on scholarship at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, pursuing his MFA in Film, and working on the Fragmented Body series.


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