With the works included in Carnivalesque, Ivanova concentrates on notions of intimacy within the familiar mode of communications online. As mediation expands to comprise a large part of all meaning and experience, it is interesting to consider the effects on personal identity, the body and sexuality. Internet forums, comments, chat websites, vloggers’ diaries – all contribute to a daily polyphony, where singular voices interplay and shape a constant, overflowing narrative. A vast scenario, where unlikely characters interact and where anonymity allows for transgression to thrive without consequence.
Carnivalesque features an exploded script of sorts – a display of commentary, where a scene comes into being, solely in the words of others; some exercises in euphoric sensory response and a sporadic dialogue.
Zhana Ivanova (1977, BG) lives and works in Amsterdam. She graduated from the Queen Mary University College, London and DasArts, Amsterdam before attending the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam (2012/2013). Her recent exhibitions include: Kunsthalle Basel (2015/16), Centre Pompidou, Paris (2015), David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2015), Foundation Galeries Lafayette, Paris (2014), Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam (2014), Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (2013). Upcoming exhibition: Mendes Wood DM, Sao Paulo (2016).
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