Ivana Franke is a visual artist based in Berlin.
Her works, often in a form of light installations investigate the limits of our visual and spatial perception. She employs complex geometric structures and light to create phenomena that often appear ephemeral, ambiguous, puzzling or ‘mysterious’. Getting final shape in our minds, her works exist at the interface between physical and mental space, and pose profound challenge to our habitual ways of seeing and understanding of the reality.
Franke 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 been shown at numerous other venues including P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, MoMa in New York, Reykjavik Art Museum, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, Musee de la Chasse and de la Nature in Paris, Mona Museum in Hobart, Tasmania, Musum of Contemporary Art in Wroclaw, Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, Museum of Modern Art in Dubrovnik, Musee d’Art moderne de Saint Etienne, Neuenational Galerie in Berlin, National Museum in Beijing, National Gallery in Ljubljana, Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts in New Delhi, Sharjah Art Foundation, Vasarely Fondation in Aix en Provance, Halle14 Center for Contemporary Art in Leipzig, Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art in Riga, Manifesta 7, European Biennale of Contemporary Art in Bolzano and 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, amongst many others.
She collaborated with neuroscientist Ida Momennejad on her project Seeing with Eyes Closed and co-organized interdisciplinary symposiums/panel discussions during exhibitions in Peggy Guggenheim in Venice (2011), Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin (2012) and Lauba in Zagreb (2012) and co-edited the book of the same title (AoN, Berlin 2011). The installation was further presented in Max Planck Science Gallery in Berlin (2013), NASA in Amsterdam (2013), Wood Street Gallery in Pittsburgh (2014) among other venues. In collaboration with vision scientist Bilge Sayim she exhibited and lectured at European Conference of Visual Perception in Liverpool (2015), and at The Science of Consciousness Conference in Tucson (2016), Arizona.
Franke realized number of public artworks including Entanglement is a Fragile State in Église St Nicolas in Caen, Room for Running Ghosts in Rovinj, Construction Site at Zadar Forum and Transparent at Ban Jelačić Square in Zagreb.
Franke is the recipient of the 2010 Josip Racić Award, the 2006 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, the 2016, 2003 and 1997 Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences (HAZU) and 2000 Ministry of Culture RH Awards at 1st, 2nd and 3rd Print Triennial, Croatian Ministry of Science research grant in 2001, the 2000 Croatian Association of Fine Artists (HDLU) Award for young artist and the 1996 Chancellors Award, The University of Zagreb, among others.
She was also granted several artist residencies including P.S.1, MoMa in New York in 2001, Nordic Institute of Contemporary Art in Helsinki in 2004, and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 2014. As a grantee she participated in the work of Institut fur Raumexperimente, University of Arts, Berlin in 2009/2010.
She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Croatia, and participated in postgraduate research program in Center for Contemporary Art Kitakyushu, Japan.