Zhana Ivanova
Born Russe (BG), 1977
Nationality GB/BG/NL

Image 1 / 5   'Fugue', 2012 Performance
Zhana Ivanova’s practice centres on rearranging and reconfiguring daily patterns and systems to which we have grown accustomed. She often uses performance in order to artificially induce situations in which social and power relations fluctuate. Her constructions are initially formal and rule-governed; yet within them she insistently exposes the ambiguity of her own rules.


2006 – 2008
DasArts, Advanced Studies in the Performing Arts, Amsterdam, NL
1995 – 1998
Queen Mary University College, London, UK

2012 – 2013
Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, NL

Fellowships and stipends           
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Amsterdam, NL, Peter Paul Petrich Fonds
Fonds BKVB, NL, basic stipend
Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, NL, development grant for visual artists
Stichting DasArts, NL, scholarship

select  performance works / video screenings / exhibitions
Cricoteka, Krakow, PL, 'Flipsides [1 & 2]', part of Radical Languages, performance event
W139, Amsterdam, NL, 'Flipsides [1 & 2]'
Beursschouwburg, Brussels, BE, 'Now We Do It for Real [4]', with Hans Bryssinck
Frascati, Amsterdam, NL, 'Borrowed Splendour'
Het Veem, Amsterdam, NL, 'Borrowed Splendour'
Het Veem Theater, Amsterdam, NL, 'Now We Do It for Real [1,2 & 3]', with Hans Bryssinck
Living Room Festival, Brussels, BE, 'B – Side'
Extrapool, Nijmegen, NL, 'B – Side'
Zeebelt, Den Haag, NL, 'B – Side'
Yxie, Alkmaar, NL, 'B – Side'
Het Veem, Amsterdam, NL, 'B – Side'
Nadine tbc, Brussels, BE,  'Some Here, Others not', part of  'Domino Kingdom'
Nieuwe Vide, Haarlem, NL, 'A not B',  with Uta Eisenreich
Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt am Main, DE, 'Parallax', Plateaux festival, New Positions in Performing Arts
NEU / NOW Festival, Vilnius, LT,  'Parallax'
Mediamatic, Amsterdam, NL, 'Parallax', part of art manifestation 'My Name is Spinoza'
Mediamatic, Amsterdam, NL, 'RE: Parallax', part of art manifestation 'My Name is Spinoza'
Huis aan de Werf, Utrecht, NL, 'Parallax - Fresh fruit' festival
Kaai Studio Theater, Brussels, BE, 'And all the men and women merely players, They have their exits and their entrances', Pieter T'jonck's 'Anthology' event
Déjà vu - Cultuurmijl, comissioned by SKOR / Performance Lab art in public space event, Enschede, NL
Mediamatic, Amsterdam, NL, 'Room Temperature',  part of exhibition 'Gasterbeiter Dating'
Product festival of contemporary art, Varna, BG, 'Room Temperature'
Paraplufabriek, Nijmegen, NL, 'Borrowed Splendour',  part of exhibition 'Staalstroom #5'
Zlomvaz festival, Prague, CZ, 'Borrowed Splendour'
Harstad City Gallery, Harstad, NO, 'Distraction of light', with Thomas Myrmel
'Simmels Gelijk',  exhibition at Over Het IJ festival, Amsterdam, NL, 'Borrowed Splendour'
DasArts meets DeBank festival, Victoria, Gent, BE, 'Borrowed splendour'
DasArts, Amsterdam. NL, 'Putsch'
DasArts, Amsterdam, NL, 'Capsule'
Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne, AU, 'Dialogue', with Tammuz Binshtock, (part of Navigators performance event)
Mediamatic, Amsterdam, NL, 'Perfect', (part of Practicum 06a)
Museumnacht, Energetica Museum, Amsterdam, NL, 'Theremin Concert', with James Beckett
Bain::Connecive, Brussels, BE, 'Of Replicas and Restlessness', with Adva Zakai
ArtTableNederland, Aerdenhout, NL, 'Close to the Edge', with Uta Eisenreich
P/////AKT, Amsterdam, NL, 'Told', (part of 'Plug-in' event)
W139, Amsterdam, NL, 'Clunk', with Karen Roise Kielland, (part of Dead Darlings art auction)
East Area Gallery, Amsterdam, NL, 'Dvoinikat'
Smart Project Space, Amsterdam, NL, 'Map to Sine', with James Beckett, (part of ADAM exhibition)
KUNST RAI, 'Close Connections' program, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam,NL, 'Hello stranger', with Uta Eisenreich
East Area gallery, Amsterdam,NL, 'XXX', with Uta Eisenreich
Expodium, Utrecht, NL, 'Paperview'  and  '1.36', (part of 'Paradox' exhibition)
Castell de la Bisbal d'Emporda, La Bisbal, SP, 'Paperview', (part of 'Tobades Fugaces' live-art event)
P/////AKT, Amsterdam, NL, 'Shadow of doubt', with Uta Eisenreich, (part of Plug-in event)
Loods 6, Amsterdam, NL, 'Origami', with Uta Eisenreich, Quarantine series
Galerija Nova Showrooms, Zagreb, CR, 'What happens before the kettle boils', with Lala Rascic
Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, NL, 'Nesdaq', with Uta Eisenreich
Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, NL, 'Last minute news'
Lost and Found, Loods 6, Amsterdam, NL, 'Close to the edge', with Uta Eisenreich
P/////AKT, Amsterdam, NL, 'Close to the edge'
Boulevard Festival, Den Bosch, NL, 'Code', comissioned by Anet van de Elzen (Stichting Performance)
Melkweg Theater, Amsterdam, NL, 'The Guests' show', with Takashi Iwaoka
Raid Projects, Los Angeles, USA, 'Investigations of privacy - Phase 1 ; [fragile]', with Sagi Groner, 'Lines of Conduct' exhibition
De Balie, Amsterdam, NL, 'UE', with Takashi Iwaoka

Other professional activities
Guest advisor, DasArts, Amsterdam, NL
Guest lecturer (keuzevakken), Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Amsterdam,  NL, Guest lecturer
2011 – 2012
Adviser, 80 words – director Sarah van Lamsweerde
Dramaturg,  C'est du Chinois - director Edit Kaldor
Dramaturg,  The Onion Project - director Cille Lansade
Writer,  Some Distant Quiet Catastrophy - director Ola Mafalaani
Lighting designer, Dematerialization - director Voin de Voin
Adviser, How to Spell a Piece – director Adva Zakai
Guest teacher, Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL
Guest teacher, Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, Den Haag, NL
Guest adviser, School voor Niewe Danceontwikkeling, Amsterdam, NL
Freelance interpreter with Metropolitan Police and Sussex Police, UK

Select publications
Parallax' een geheugenspel in de geest van Spinoza  by Paul Groot, www.mediamatic.net, NL
A Slow Dance for Z  by Zhana Ivanova; contribution to True Riches – a program of live art at ICA, London, curated by Tim Etchells and Ant Hampton, GB
Think Violent Thoughts – Zhana Ivanova over haar performances - interview by Lieke Wouters and Menno Jonker, Desipienta Kunsthistorisch Tijdschrift, Issue 1, NL
Waar is Kunst by Pieter T’Jonck, E-tcetera, January Issue, BE
Zhana Ivanova by Emilian Gatzov Kapital Light, March Issue, BG
(Re)constructing Reality by Marieke Voeten, 8weekly, July Issue, NL
Talent 2007: Zhana Ivanova by Chrystal Vesters, Metropolis M, Issue 4, NL