Ana Torfs

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Het œuvre van Ana Torfs omvat naast verschillende installaties met diaprojecties, ook fotografische reeksen, een webproject, series van prenten, wandtapijten, en een langspeelfilm. De relatie – of de spanning – tussen tekst en beeld speelt een centrale rol in haar werk, samen met alle processen van visualisering, interpretatie en vertaling die ermee samenhangen. Opvallend is de manier waarop Torfs fragmenten uit onze politieke en culturele geschiedenis opnieuw belicht en op verrassende en actuele wijze aan ons voorstelt. Vaak fungeren bestaande teksten en/of beelden als vertrekpunt voor haar indringende werk, dat zich verdicht in nauwkeurig gecomponeerde collages of montages die vol elliptische allusies zitten. 

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Visual artist Ana Torfs was born in Belgium in 1963. The relation or tension between text/language and image plays a central role in Torfs' work, and with it all the related processes of visualisation, interpretation and translation. She enables a topical and authentic perception of the scattered remains from our cultural and political history. Existing texts and/or images are often used as a starting point for her poignant works, which condense into precisely composed collages or montages, suffused with elliptical allusions. In her installations, Torfs uses a variety of media, ranging from slide projections, sound, photography, and film to xerography, off-set printing, Jacquard weaving, and silkscreen.

Ana Torfs has participated in numerous important group exhibitions including Parasophia in Kyoto (2015), Sharjah Biennial 11 (2013), Manifesta 9 Genk, Belgium (2012), Montreal Biennial 2 (2000) and Lyon Biennal 3 (1995). Solo exhibitions include Centro de Arte Moderna, Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon (2016),  WIELS in Brussels (2014) Generali Foundation in Vienna (2010), K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf (2010), Sprengel Museum in Hannover (2008), argos centre for art and media in Brussels (2007), daadgalerie, Berlin (2006), GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst in Bremen (2006), and Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels (2000). She has also developed a web project for Dia Art Foundation in New York (2004). A Prior Magazine dedicated an issue to Torfs' work in 2004. Torfs was awarded a DAAD scholarship (Berlin) in 2005.

Ana Torfs studied communication science at the University of Leuven (1981-1986) and film & video at the Sint-Lukas University College of Art and Design in Brussels (1986-1990). She lives and works in Brussels.

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Ana Torfs, The Parrot & the Nightingale, a Phantasmagoria, 2014 Installatiezicht WIELS, Brussel, 2014 © photo: Sven Laurent
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Ana Torfs, Story Generator, 2015 Installatiezicht, Atelier Bouwmeester, Brussel, 2015 © photo: Ana Torfs
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Ana Torfs, […] STAIN […], 2012 Installatiezicht: Wiels, Brussel, 2014 © photo: Sven Laurent
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Ana Torfs, Family Plot, 2009-10 detail © photo: Ana Torfs
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Ana Torfs, TXT (Engine of Wandering Words), 2013 Installatiezicht, Sharjah Biennial 11, 2013 © photo: Ana Torfs
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