Born 1979 in Sarajevo/Bosnia and Herzegovina. Lives and works in Berlin.
Ivan Civic studied experimental video, film and performance at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste (HBK) in Braunschweig/Germany among others with Marina Abramovic (MA 2005/2006).
He has been active for several years in the international art scene and has shown his work at such prestigious art spaces as P.S.1 in New York, NY/USA, the Irish Museum for Modern Art in Dublin/Ireland, MARTa Herford in Herford/Germany, the Galleria Civica in Trento/Italy, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam/Netherlands, and the Biennale in Venice/Italy.
Ivan Civic works in the fields of performance, video installation, photography and design and concentrates on the analysis of society and its structures, searching for limits inside conventional unions such as the family nucleus, relationships, cultural and intellectual environments. Through the use of icons, symbols and fetishes instinctively obtained from the domestic circles and from the public scene, Civic expresses mechanisms, dynamics, contradictions and conflicts of relational environments.
He received the first prize at Premio Internazionale della Performance in Trento in 2006 and a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for the best international art student of the year at the HBK Braunschweig in 2003.