Ivana Dizdar’s 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 is inspired by statements, speeches, and conversations heard and overheard in New York City beginning in 2017. It addresses the art world’s role in abusive labor practices, systemic racism, neocolonial exploitation, and environmental degradation. Blending fact and fiction, the performances also consider how the art world figures in the context of "post-truth" politics.