Hristina Ivanoska (b. 1974) is PhD-in-Practice candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Ivanoska works interdisciplinary, investigating social and...Read More
HAVEIT is a collective of four young women artists (two pairs of sisters, Hana & Vesa Qena and Lola &...Read More
Exhibitions | Hristina Ivanoska, Poor Little Rich Girl (erased past) & HAVEIT, Pilule du Lendemain
Hristina Ivanoska (b. 1974) is PhD-in-Practice candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Ivanoska works interdisciplinary, investigating social and political systems and their links to theory and history. She has exhibited at Künstlerhaus (Graz), MNAC (Bucharest), State Museum of Contemporary Art (Thessalonica), MOCA (Skopje), Slovak National Gallery (Bratislava), NGBK (Berlin), (Graz), Konsthall C (Stockholm), Magazin4 (Bregenzer), MOCA (Belgrade) and other venues. Her works are part of Deutsche Bank Collection, Art Telekom Collection, Van Abbe Museum, MOCA Skopje and others. Ivanoska and Calovski co-founded “press to exit project space” in Skopje. They were representatives of Pavilion of the Republic of Macedonia at 56th Venice Biennial in 2015.
The work Poor Little Rich Girl (erased past) is based on photographs from the artist’s archive done in 2002 where an imaginary female character, represented by Ivanoska, was photographed in different locations throughout Skopje. Discovering them twelve years later she realized that they kept the site and the sensation of the city that is lost forever. In the last years the public space became a playground for the government and the neo-liberal capital. Ignoring any public debate, in a very short time they occupied the space and overloaded with buildings and monuments. The newly erected architecture designed in pretentious eclectic style, disregarding the modernist past of the city became Skopje’s future. On the enlarged prints of the three selected photographs Ivanoska using only gold acrylic paint and white ink is creating an iconic representation of the lost city. Through those interventions she is creating a new environment that is in total opposition of the current sites raising her individual voice against the changes that destroyed the natural flux of the existing public space and the aura of the city center.
HAVEIT is a collective of four young women artists (two pairs of sisters, Hana & Vesa Qena and Lola & Alketa Sylaj) whose art vehemently rebels against power and water shortages, nationalism, LGBT discrimination, and the oppression of women prevalent in Albanian society. They also try to illustrate their struggle with the day-to-day difficulties confronted by nearly every Kosovar. Often, their artistic performances are staged in Kosovo’s public spaces.
Pilule du Lendemain (Morning after pill) is their latest project, made in collaboration with photographer Majlinda Hoxha. The name is in French because in Kosovo the instructions that come with these pills are in a foreign language. The video is a response to the lack of sex education in Kosovo and the moralizing that women receive around issues such as abortion. Many women find out about the morning after pill through friends or on the internet, and are often reluctant to use it because they feel judged and ashamed.