Ivana Filip is a Croatia-based artist, activist and researcher. Her practice grows from visual art and stretches through multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary work, across performance, live work, video, photography and mixed media. Her work has developed from body-based to movement and interspecies collaborations including performances with dogs and their human companions, dog hair tapestry and interspecies collaboration research with free-roaming cats.

In the last few years, Ivana’s quest has been human-nonhuman relationships and more-than-human creativity. To achieve these she uses many tools from anthrozoology, ethology, anthropology, animal studies, sociology, spirituality, activism, indigenous methodologies, ecofeminism and personal experiences.

Ivana earned her Master of Economics at the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb, Master of Arts at the Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts in Tilburg and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Her work has been shown locally, nationally and internationally, in non-profit spaces, libraries, symposiums, galleries and museums.

In addition to her artistic practice, Ivana volunteers, engages in activism, writes, mentors and collaborates with various humans and nonhumans including cats, dogs, sea, books, air, plants, wind, leftovers, recyclables, branches. She enjoys walking with her cat collaborator Ixxo and playing at home with her cat collaborators Cici and Lili, learning about the interconnectedness of all life.


Rejecting the opportunity to work in a bank, I dove into the exploration of artistic creation and study. My prior study of economics influenced me to question the sustainability of my artistic processes, of the cycle of a material, a product of art and its dissemination. Through this development, I came to prefer art as sustainable and symbiotic and see my artistic process as a holistic one.

Using varied media and disciplines, I research embodied, theoretical, political and social implications of our anthropocentric belief systems, question ways of living and existing, notions of rightness and wrongness, other and otherness and what it means to be a human today. I am especially committed to the research of trust and empathy, senses and bioethics, within the range of human-nonhuman relationships, in order to point to our responsibilities and interrelatedness to/with Others.

Though curious about humans, our long-term destructive anthropocentrism shifted my practice and my preference toward working with non-humans in a non-invasive, creative interspecies collaboration. Not only in my art, in my life too, I am concerned with changes that create a finer mutual future. This manifests in a vegan diet, up-cycling and reuse in order to minimize my footprint. Often I fail in these pursuits, but in the end it is not about perfection but respect and care.


2019 – 2020 Master of Arts, Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts, Tilburg, NL, Performing Public Space, Cum Laude
2011 – 2016 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL, Audio-Visual Department – Department of Moving Image (VAV)
1997 – 2002 Master of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Business, Zagreb, HR, Department of Trade
1989 – 1994 Piano, Elementary Music School, Nova Gradiska, HR


“Free roaming“, self organised exposition in abandoned space, works from MA artistic research from Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts, Split, HR

“What do you mean-you love animals?“, PM Gallery, Croatian Association of Visual Artists – HDLU, Zagreb, HR

“Economy of Animal”, Main city library Marko Marulić, Split, HR
“Pet shop“, Public Open University Matija Antun Relkovic, Nova Gradiska,HR “Pet Shop”, Museum of City Trogir, Trogir, HR

“A Story about Velebit”, Club of Istria, Zagreb, HR
“Condicio sine qua non…”, Go and See – Good Photo Gallery, Zagreb, HR


“Kaapstad“, Tilburg, NL

“The Annual Exhibition by Members”, Croatian Association of Visual Artists – HDLU, Zagreb, HR
“Travelling Exhibition“, Typhlological Museum, SKC Rijeka, HR

“Where are we going?”, Almissa Open Art Festival, Omis, HR

“Performance Night”, “Perforacije“, Split, HR
“1918…2018…2118”, HULU, Split, HR
“The Awakening Exhibit“, online exhibition

“Let’s Just do It!”, duo with Wei Ling, own organization, Amsterdam, NL

“Us in Them”, Rietveld Pavilion, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, kustosica Gemma
Hermans, Amsterdam, NL
“BOTS, BODIES & BEASTS”, Rietveld Uncut, Flemish Art Centre De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, NL
“Research Lab: Gerrit Rietveld Academie: Bodies”, EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, NL

“Ritual Body-Political Body”, Venice International Performance Art Week, Venice, IT
“INTERVALº5“, Essen, DE
“FLAM V“ (Forum of Live Art), Amsterdam, NL
“Public relations”, Art in Context, Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Amstelveen, NL

“FLAM IV“ (Forum of Live Art), Amsterdam, NL
“Une matinée de rejetés“, 24 Uur Cultuur, Rotterdam, NL

“3. Photography Cup Jozo Vranic“, HR

12. International Exhibition of Photography Art “Island and Sea”, Photo Club
“Kornat”, HR, Diploma for Tako je bilo
“Zagreb and Zagreb Citizens“, Photo Club Zagreb, Gallery SPOT, Zagreb, HR

“1. Photography Cup Jozo Vranic“, HR
“31. Zagreb Salon“, Fotoklub Zagreb, Zagreb, HR
“Minijature” Photography Salon, Beli Manastir, HR

Ship Photographers, Photo Cinema Club “Koncept 2001”, Zagreb, HR


Volunteer, RijksakademieOPEN, Amsterdam, NL

Performer, Graduation Project “Red and Empty”, Alya Hessy, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL

Performer, “Constant Companion-Rietveld in the Oude Kerk”, Pedro Matias, Amsterdam, NL
Assistant, Graduation Project “Not smooth or grace-ful”, Pedro Matias, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL

Performer, “Untitled (constructions)”, Cindy Moorman, SMBA, Museumnacht Amsterdam, NL
Performer, “Communitas”, Aernout Mik, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL

Volunteer, Graduation Project Idan Hayosh, RijksakademieOPEN, Amsterdam, NL


Plesna scena, interview

Women Cinemakers, interview


WOTISART, November, work representation
A5 MAGAZINE, November, work representation


“P.S. unfold the new (ab)normal”, mutual publication by the students of MA Performing Public Space, Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts, Tilburg, NL

“Public Relations”, research essay in mutual book of students, Art in Context, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL


3rd Days of Cultural Animalistic, Center for Excellence for Integrative Bioethics, Faculty of Philosophy, presentation, Split, HR-TBA
“Enter the Symbiocene”, Portobello Pavilion, Portobello Radio, radio broadcasting in collaboration with Helen Scarlett O’Neill, London, UK

2nd Days of Cultural Animalistic, Center for Excellence for Integrative Bioethics, Faculty of Philosophy, presentation and round table, Split, HR

“Animal Agency: Language, Politics, Culture“, University of Amsterdam, video presentation, Amsterdam, NL


Psychology of Art and Creativity, Canvas Network
Therapeutic Art Life Coach Certification, Udemy

“Resist”, 2-day workshop on the body in the urban area by Catherine Bay, Art Academy, Split, HR
Healing with the Arts, University of Florida via Coursera
Basic Animal Communication Home Course with Val Heart

Live Works, Teacher’s year with prof. Pien Vrijhof, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL

2015 – 2012
Live Works, extracurricular project by Pien Vrijhof, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL

“MayDay”, 6-day Intensive Workshop on the Praxis of Performance Art by Vest&Page – Verena Stenke & Andrea Pagnes, Düsseldorf, DE

Animal rights activist

“Developing Your Film Festival“, The Independent Cinema Office, Motovun Film Festival, Motovun, HR
“Supporting Woman Entrepreneurs“, Entrepreneurship as a Way of Self-employment, Zagreb, HR

“Slovak Season Days“, SAPA&EFA & Art Film Fest, Trencianske Teplice, SK

Volunteer, Noina arka, animal shelter, Zagreb, HR

Black and white and digital photography, Zagreb Photo Cinema Association, Zagreb, HR

Risk Management & Quality Customer Service, The Image Group, Miami, US

Member of Croatian Association of Visual Artists – HDLU, Croatian Association of Visual Artists – HULU.