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Ana Torfs

Studio Grant Holder in Stockholm 10 July - 11 September 2017

Ana Torfs, The Parrot & the Nightingale, a Phantasmagoria, 2014. Installation view, WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, 2014. © photo: Sven Laurent.

Since the early 1990s, Belgian visual artist Ana Torfs has been composing a unique, visually striking oeuvre, which addresses fundamental questions of representation and its narrative structures. The relation or tension between text and image plays a central role in her work, and with it all the related processes of visualisation, interpretation, perception, manipulation and translation. Torfs enables a topical and authentic perception of the scattered fragments from our cultural and political history. Literary texts or historical documents often constitute the starting point of her works. These material remnants are then reworked into meticulously composed installations — employing diverse media such as slide projections, sound, photography, video, tapestries, prints and silk screens — in which projections and allusions have free reign.
Her solo exhibitions include: Centro de Arte Moderna, Gulbenkian, Lisbon (2016), WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels (2014), Generali Foundation, Vienna (2010), K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2010), Sprengel Museum, Hannover (2008), Argos Centre for Art and Media, Brussels (2007), daadgalerie, Berlin (2006), GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen (2006) and Bozar, Brussels (2000). She has developed a web project for the Dia Art Foundation in New York (2004). She is currently preparing a solo exhibition at the Pori Art Museum in Finland, which opens on 22 September 2017.
Ana Torfs has participated in numerous international group exhibitions, including Contour Biennial 8, Mechelen (2017), Parasophia, Kyoto (2015), the 1st International Biennial of Cartagena de Indias (2014), the 11th Sharjah Biennial (2013), Manifesta 9, Genk (2012), the 2nd Montreal Biennial (2000), and the 3rd Lyon Biennial (1995). Her work was also shown in group exhibitions in venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Australian Center for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo; the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Museion, Bolzano; Fotomuseum, Winterthur; and the Mucsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest.
Ana Torfs (b. 1963) lives and works in Brussels.

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Installation view of "The Parrot & The Nightingale, a Phantasmagoria", installation view, Centro de Arte Moderna, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, 2016 © photo: Ana Torfs.

Ana Torfs, Family Plot, 2009-10. Installation view, Generali Foundation, Vienna, 2010. © photo: Ana Torfs.

Ana Torfs, […] STAIN […], 2012. Installation view, Mu.ZEE, Ostend, 2014. © photo: Ana Torfs.

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