Ivana Franke (Zagreb, 1973) is a visual artist based in Berlin.
“In her works, she investigates the interface between perception, cognition and the environment, focusing on perceptual thresholds. Her most recent exhibition, Retreat into Darkness. Towards a Phenomenology of the Unknown, is currently on view at the Ernst Schering Foundation in Berlin. Other projects include Disorientation Station (11th Shanghai Biennale) and Seeing with Eyes Closed (Peggy Guggenheim, Venice, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin). She represented Croatia at the 52nd Venice Biennial with the solo exhibition Latency, and at the 9th Venice Architecture Biennial. Other exhibitions include Manifesta 7, and MoMa P.S.1.” e-flux, June 2017
Franke often uses ambiguous visual phenomena and arresting spatial structures, which she delicately orchestrates to expose disjunctions and offer unexpected connections within the spatiotemporal matrix we inhabit. These works are the profound challenge to our habitual perception and understanding of the environment. Drawing from a wide range of disciplines like neuroscience, mathematics, optics and architecture Franke redirect photons and confuse the gaze, host ghosts, multiply spaces and make what is not there to appear.