My eponymous performance persona is a pseudo-liberal art collector, art dealer, commercial gallerist, curator, art advisor, business magnate, patron of the arts, and philanthropist based in New York City. She is the founding director and CEO of Ivana Dizdar Projects (IDP), a multi-million dollar commercial gallery franchise with locations in North America, Western Europe, East Asia, and Central Africa. Occupying the margin between realism and satire, Dizdar embodies the rhetorical force of bullshit in art and politics, calling attention to art-world hypocrisies by undermining the causes she publicly advocates.

This ongoing performance project, which comprises public speeches and interventions, is concerned with how the practices of art institutions, including not only museums but also academic establishments and the art market, play a role when it comes to labor and capitalism, systemic racism, and neocolonial exploitation, as well as environmental degradation. Blending fact and fiction, the performances also consider how the art world—and business moguls more generally—figures in the context of "post-truth" politics.


Ivana Dizdar and "Views of North America", panoramic wallpaper printed by Jean Zuber et Cie in Rixheim c. 1834.

IDP Africa Cake

Ivana Dizdar at Art Basel Miami, 2017.


Photo by Rand Jarallah.

Introductory speech to the performance series "Bodily" at the CP Projects Space, School of Visual Arts, on December 16, 2017, co-presented by Ivana Dizdar Projects. The performance is inspired by recent public speeches, professional panels, museum talks, private conversations, and overheard comments. "Bodily" was curated by John Elammar, María Sáenz, and Andrea Valencia, and also included performances by Camilo Godoy, Anna Nykyri, Phoebe Osborne, and Shannon Stovall.