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Hristina Ivanoska, PhD in Practice, Vienna

Hristina Ivanoska, PhD in Practice, Vienna

On the Wednesdays of the once-monthly seminar weeks, the PhD in Practice opens its doors to the Academy, friends, and other interested people. Program participants (individually or collaboratively) present in the spaces of the Academy their work in progress and experiment with different formats of presentation.

Artist Hristina Ivanoska will take part to the program with 'Document Missing: Performance no. 4 (The Interrogation)': this is the forth in the series of performances that she is conceptualizing, writing and executing as part of her PhD artistic research titled "Document Missing: the intricate sense of truth in oral histories".
Her research interest and artistic practice are entangled around the issues of suppression, control and construction of collective memory, in regard to women' resistance strategies and politics. As the only protagonist of her performances, Hristina Ivanoska becomes a flexible and porous entity, a medium through which different identities can be brought back to life. Through her texts and actions she creates situations that "were and were not" and are based on documents and oral interpretations that are fluctuating through time and space.
Reduced on personal level that starts with the question "Who am I?", Ivanoska found her counterpart in the character of Rosa Pavleva, a social-democrat and women’s rights activist from the turn of the 20th century that was forgotten in the archives of the past. What distinguished her work at the time were also the forms of resistance that she choose to apply that echo contemporary means of resistance and activism. What becomes interesting for Ivanoska is to study her work via contemporary means of political organization and action, feminist theory and aspects of post-colonialism, especially the aspects of hegemony and identity politics.

'Document Missing: Performance no. 4 (The Interrogation)' is a phantasmagoric interpretation of a supposed interrogation of Rosa Pavleva that took place probably in year 1951.

Hristina Ivanoska, PhD in Practice, Vienna