Ivana holds a BFA in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Skopje and MFA in visual arts from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, Italy. Her video-essay SHE has been published at PHROOM – a Milan based international research platform for contemporary photography and video art – and exhibited at the Utopic Method, International exhibition for Video narration in Granada, Spain and ‘Zapping the archive’ Odesa Photo Days Festival 2020, Odessa, Ukraine.
Ivana is part of the curatorial team of the festival ‘Underground Is Easier To Breathe’ organized by Kula Collective.
My work is situated in the interlaced spaces of image-making and writing. It consists of making and taking images, negotiating among images, words and worlds. It spreads across fields and investigates how do images take an active role in shaping the conditions of life. My particular interest is in the performative role images have in the representation of the reality, which in my research often expands and converses upon different fields: visual anthropology, documentary, painting, architecture and history.
My practice aims to reflect on the possibilities of individuals and collectives to partake, perform and, to a final instance, shape the aesthetical conditions of contemporary society. My current research focuses around the documentary image, the artistic screen and representation in the contemporary moving image practice. Therefore, I am exploring the unfixed genre of the cinematic essay as a mean of problematization of the image and introducing theory within the film narration. These concerns are often elaborated through video essay, installation, archive, design and painting.
~ Ivana Mirchevska