International Studio Programme : November 2008

Sanja Iveković


Sanja Iveković, From Triangle, 1979 Courtesy The Art Collection of Erste Bank Group and the artist

Sanja Iveković (b. 1949) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Croatia. Her art production has spanned a range of media such as photography, performance, video and installations. She belongs to the artistic generation that emerged after 1968 and was raised in Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and whose post-object art was usually referred to with the umbrella term 'New Art Practice'. In the Yugoslav/Croatian art scene she was the first woman artist to adopt a clearly feminist attitude. In 1973 she started to work with video, and her videos were selected for numerous international video festivals (among others in The Hague, San Sebastián, Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris and Montreal). She has had solo exhibitions and video presentations in art institutions such as the ICA, London; Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne; MoMA, New York; and Taxispalais Gallery, Innsbruck. Her work has also been shown at international exhibitions such as documenta 9, Documenta11 and documenta 12 in Kassel, Manifesta 2 (Luxembourg), Body and the East (Ljubljana and New York), After the Wall (Stockholm and Berlin),Double Life (Vienna) or How do We Want to be Governed? (Barcelona, Miami and Rotterdam). Iveković founded in the late 1980s the non-governmental organization Elektra - Centre for Women's Studies, the Women's Art Centre, based in Zagreb. She is also a member of a number of non-governmental organizations in Croatia, including B.a.B.e - The Women's Human Rights Group. From 1999 to 2001 she taught Contemporary Women's Art Practice at The Center for Women's Studies in Zagreb. Iveković has received awards such as the Canada Council Grant for Visiting artists (1979, 1982 and 1994) and the Artslink Grant (US). She is currently working in Berlin as part of a DAAD grant.