Ivana Franke


Ivana Franke is a visual artist based in Berlin. She focuses on the threshold of our visual and spatial perception. Her works, often in the form of light installations, create phenomena that appear ephemeral, ambiguous, wavering, or ‘mysterious' – perceptually evident and cognitively puzzling, at the same time they are obvious and momentarily impossible to explain or measure. She employs complex geometric spatial patterns that give rise to perceptual multistability, visual features that make phenomena appear animate, flicker induced quasy-hallucinations, threshold spatial resolutions, as well as various modes of reflection and refraction of light and it's renderings on invisible complex spatial structures. Getting final shape in our minds, her works exist at the interface between physical and mental space.

The artist represented Croatia at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007 with the solo show Latency in Palazzo Querini Stampalia and at the 9th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2004 with collaborative work Frameworks, with architects P. Mišković, Toma Plejić, and Lea Pelivan. Her works have ben shown across the world including  MoMA PS1 in New York; Manifesta 7; Mona Museum in Hobart, Tasmania; and European Biennale of Contemporary Art in Bolzano, among many others. Franke studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Croatia, and participated in the postgraduate research program at the Centre for Contemporary Art Kitakyushu, Japan.