IDP Africa

Ivana Dizdar

2018, 12:22 minutes, colour, English with subtitles in English

TAPECODE 2063.02

Ivana Dizdar’s eponymous performance persona is a pseudo-liberal art collector, art dealer, commercial gallerist, curator, art advisor, business magnate, and patron of the arts. 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, and East Asia. In IDP Africa, Dizdar announces plans to build a new gallery in a fictional “Third World” country in Central Africa.

The text in IDP Africa is inspired by and in some cases directly sourced from speeches and conversations heard and overheard in New York City beginning in 2017. 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. Part of an ongoing performance project, IDP Africa addresses the art world’s participation in systemic racism, neocolonial exploitation, and environmental degradation

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