Ivana Dizdar (b. 1993, Cape Town) is a Serbian-Canadian artist, filmmaker, and curator based in Toronto and New York. She is interested in how history is constructed, documented, recounted, and perceived. Often through the use of humour, her work draws from disparate genres, styles, and forms — such as documentary, corporate videos, and reality television — in order to explore their relationship with identity, iconography, authority, success, failure, fiction, and truth. This practice is rooted in a fascination with the role of art and moving image media within social, cultural, and institutional systems.
Recent and upcoming projects include The Octagon, a solo exhibition at The European Center for Culture and Debate (Belgrade); Bidding War, an exhibition with Alvin Luong at Y+ Contemporary (Scarborough); and FLAT, a collaborative installation at Bunker 2 Contemporary Art Container (Toronto). Curatorial projects include exhibitions by Maya Ben David, Patrick Cruz, and Tau Lewis at 8-11 Gallery (Toronto), which Dizdar co-directed from 2015 to 2017. She is a recent recipient of the OCAD Off-Screen Award for the Strongest New Media Work at the Images Festival and a Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Support Award for her curatorial project She Makes Two from One and One. Dizdar holds a BA in Visual Studies and Film Studies from the University of Toronto and is currently a graduate candidate in Curatorial Studies at Columbia University.