Annie Ivanova

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Annie Ivanova
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Ivanova 2013, Taipei
Antoaneta Ivanova

Tryavna, Bulgaria
Alma materMonash University
OccupationCultural Ambassador, curator
Years active1996–present
Home townAustralia Melbourne, Australia

Antoanetta "Annie" Ivanova (Bulgarian: Антоанета Иванова; Chinese Traditional: 易安妮 Yì Ānnī) is an international curator and author, cultural entrepreneur[1] and one of Australia's leading authorities on cultural diplomacy.[2][3][4] Ivanova has collaborated with theCentre Pompidou, Ars Electronica, Barbican, Smithsonian Institution, National Palace Museum, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, among others.[5]


Annie Ivanova holds MA qualifications in Foreign Affairs and International Trade from the high ranking Monash University, Graduate School of Business and Economics in Melbourne. She pursued interests in Global Leadership, Cultural Diplomacy, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management.{cn}

Ivanova was a team leader for an International Law Moot Court Competition, debating the issue of terrorism and human rights through a fictional dispute between two states presented to the International Court of Justice.

Ivanova's first academic degree is from the University of Tasmania, graduating with Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA Hons.) in 1998. Her Honours theses discussed the effect of mass media when reporting stories about war atrocities.

In the late 1980s Ivanova studied at the Bulgarian National College of Polygraphs and Photography. The college was one of the then most progressive professional schools in the country, preparing students for careers in film and TV. She majored in photography, specialising in photojournalism.


Professionally active since 1996, Annie Ivanova has initiated and realised over 80 international exhibitions, conferences and public diplomacy projects. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Australian Institute of International Affairs.

Ivanova has chaired and produced three major international conferences,[6][7][8] and has been a keynote speaker on wide-ranging Culture & Creative Industries topics.[9]

Global work scope spans: USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Eastern Europe, Greece, Turkey, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, and Australia.

Ivanova co-founded and was the executive director of Australia's first media arts agency Novamedia Ltd.[10] Between 2001–2011, Novamedia represented some of Australia's most renowned media artists: Jon MacCormack, Stelarc, Drew Berry, Troy Innocent, Justine Cooper, George Khut. It also initiated and produced projects for Australia's overseas diplomatic missions.[11][12]

In 2012 Australia Unlimited, the national branding campaign promoting Australia's most inspiring achievers, featured Ivanova's blockbuster exhibition 'Wonderland: New Contemporary Art from Australia' at MOCATaipei.[13] The piece was narrated by art historian Edmund Capon.

Ivanova is the first and only foreign curator to travel across Taiwan to work with the Taiwanese aborigines, researching artists from every tribe.[14] She has become a passionate advocate for the preservation of local indigenous heritage. In a public statement she says: "Elders are dying out without their knowledge being recorded. This common to all humankind heritage is becoming endangered and it could disappear within two generations. It needs all the international attention it could get. I'm compelled to do my part."[15] Her pioneering work was recognised in the inaugural Australian Arts in Asia Awards.[16]

In recognition of her cultural work in Taiwan, Ivanova received a scholarship from the Taiwanese government to undertake Chinese Language studies at the Mandarin Training Center of National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, Taiwan, which came to fame as the college of Australia's Chinese-speaking Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

Over the course of her career Ivanova has received over 55 awards from national and international institutions, becoming the most successful independent curator in Australia.

In 2016, Annie Ivanova became the first cultural representative to receive the prestigious ANZ Chamber of Commerce Business Award for "outstanding contribution the Australia-Taiwan Relationship".[17] She is also the only businesswoman awarded that year. Annie Ivanova is also the Regional President of Asia Designer Communication Platform.

Personal life[edit]

Annie Ivanova was born in Tryavna, Bulgaria to an artistic family. Her father was an industrial designer and her mother drama teacher. Her grandfather had a professional photographic studio in the 1930s. During the 1989 revolution Ivanova was working as a junior reporter, assisting Reuters photographer Oleg Popov. She was a front-line witness of the dramatic events leading to the collapse of communism in Sofia. Soon after, with the help of a colleague, she moved to London where she studied design at the London College of Fashion. In 1994 Ivanova immigrated to Australia.

Ivanova identifies herself as an Australian of Bulgarian heritage. She has commented that her international work has always been about 'persuading through culture and ideas that reach across borders'.[18] She has said the Balkan atrocities of the 1990s have left a very deep mark in her mind, becoming a motivational force to pursue a career in international relations.

Following long term interests in Asian culture, since 2010 she has been living between Melbourne and Taipei. The Chinese name given to her by a friend is 易安妮 (Yì Ānnī). Yì was taken from the character in I-Ching "Book of Changes" as an auspicious match. In Taiwan she is known by her Chinese name.[19][20][21]

Taiwan by Design[edit]

Annie Ivanova is the acclaimed author of "Taiwan by Design: 88 products for better living"[22] the first comprehensive design book from the Beautiful Island. The project took 2.5 years to complete and run a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign raising NT 1,500,000.[23] The North American release of the book featured on CNN,[24] and it was reported as breaking news by all major newspapers [25] in Taiwan.

Significant Exhibitions[edit]

Date Museum Exhibition Notes
2017 ART TAIPEI 2017 GLOBAL PUBLICS International Exhibition[26]
2016 Home Hotel Living with Design Taiwan Design Exhibition[27][28][29]
2014 Taipei 101 Gifts from the Star[30] Taiwan Creative Industries Christmas Show
2013 Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore Illuminations[31] Taiwanese Media Art
2013 Taiwan Culture and Creative Platform Foundation Vibrant Vision[32] 1st International Curator
2012 Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei Wonderland: New Contemporary Art from Australia[33] "Best Art Exhibition Spring 2012 in Taiwan"
2011 Ars Electronica, Linz FutureLab 2[34] Founder, Australian Art Residency
2010 Taipei World Trade Centre, Taipei Encoded 1st Australian Media Art Exhibition
2009 Aros Kunstmuseum, Aarhus Enter Action[35] Novamedia: Mari Velonaki
2009 Embassy of Australia, Washington DC Impact by Degrees[36] Key public diplomacy event prior to UN Climate Change Summit COP15
2008 Alexandra Institute, Denmark Impact: Living in the Age of Climate Change[37][38] Nordic Exhibition of the Year; Novamedia: development
2008 Ars Electronica Centre, Linz FutureLab 1 Founder, Australian Art Residency
2007 Ars Electronica, Linz Second Life: Havidol[39] Novamedia: Justine Cooper
2007 Biennale of Electronica Art Perth Stillness International
2007 Australia Council for the Arts Strange Attractors[40][41] Novamedia: showcase
2006 Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai Strange Attractors: charm between Art and Science[42][43] 1st Art & Science survey
2006 Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh Can we fall in love with a machine? Novamedia: Mari Velonaki
2005 World Art Museum, Beijing The Millennium Dialogue[44] International
2005 Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne Granular Synthesis: Modell 5[45] Australian Premiere
2005 The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide Reactivate![46] International
2005 State Library of Victoria, Melbourne Through the looking glass: Visualising Science National Science Week
2004 Ars Electronica, Linz Unnatural Selection[47] 1st Australian Media Art Exhibition
2004 Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne GameTime[48][49] 1st International Game Culture Conference
2004 State Library of Victoria, Melbourne Reactivate! International
2004 Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne Novamedia 1st Media Art Exhibition
2003 Barbican Centre, London oZone Australian Festival
2003 Centre Pompidou, Paris oZone 1st Australian Media Art Exhibition
2003 RMITUniversity, Melbourne MelbourneDAC[50][51] 1st Digital Arts & Culture Conference; Novamedia: producer
2003 State Library of Victoria, Melbourne +playengines+[52][53] International
2002 Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart Wild[54][55][56] 1st International Media Art Exhibition
2000 Next Wave : Wide Awake HomoGenesis[57] Advertising intervention
1999 Village Road Show Cinemas, Hobart HomoGenesis Advertising intervention
1999 City of Hobart Festival Deluge[58] Advertising intervention
1998 Plimsoll Gallery Excursive sight[59] Curator: Raymond Arnold

International Curator-in-Residence[edit]

Date Residence Country Award
2016 Home Hotel [Da.An] Taiwan Home Hotel
2011 Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei[60] Taiwan Asialink
2008 Alexandra Institute Denmark Danish Arts Council
2008 UNESCO Suomenlinna Residence Finland Foreign Ministry of Finland
2007 Ars Electronica Austria Australia Council for the Arts


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