Born in Mortsel (), lives in Brussels ().
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. Solo shows of Torfs' work include exhibitions at Generali Foundation in Vienna (2010), at K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf (2010), at Sprengel Museum in Hannover (2008), at argos centre for art and media in Brussels (2007), at daadgalerie, Berlin (2006), at GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst in Bremen (2006), and at Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels (2000). She has also developed a web project for Dia Art Foundation in New York (2004). Among her many group exhibitions, Torfs participated in the Sharjah Biennial 11 (2013), Manifesta 9 Genk, Belgium (2012), Montreal Biennial 2 (2000) and Lyon Biennal 3 (1995). 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. [More](www.anatorfs.com)
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Du mentir-faux [About Lyi...
Ana Torfs, Du mentir-faux [About Lying Falsehood], 2000. Installation, installation with black and white slide projections, projection socle, +/- 20 minutes, loop, digitally controlled, variable dimensions, artist’s book , installation with black and white slide projections, projection socle, +/- 20 minutes, loop, digitally controlled, variable dimensions, artist’s book .
Elective Affinities/The T...
Ana Torfs, Elective Affinities/The Truth of Masks & Tables of Affinities, 2002. Multiple, limited edition of 30 copies, numbered and signed by the artist 7 clean-cut quires of 16 illustrated pages, printed on Freelife Vellum, paper lined box, 345 × 225 mm.
Ana Torfs, Vérité Exposée, 2006. Photography, 24 xerox prints, mounted behind acrylic glass (diasec), each 80 x 116 cm, variable dimensions.
Ana Torfs, Toast, 2003. Photography, framed silver gelatin print, mounted on aluminium, 82,5 x 123 cm, framed silver gelatin print, mounted on aluminium, 82.5 x 123 cm.
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The collection XXXIII – T...
07 June 2013 - 22 September 2013.
The character of a collection reflected the current priorities of the M HKA collection: the evaluation of Antwerp’s avant-garde tradition; th
Reading Cinema, Finding W...
07 September 2013 - 27 October 2013.
What kind of relationship is there between the photography, film, video works in contemporary art and cinema, both viewed through the same te
EXTRA MUROS: Visite Herze...
03 April 2015 - 03 May 2015.
Under the umbrella term Visite, the M HKA - in collaboration with LOCUS, the nerve centre for libraries, cultural and community centres and l
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Collectie Vlaamse Gemeens...
The M HKA holds works on permanent loan that were acquired with the budget of the Vlaamse Commissie voor Beeldende Kunst (Flemish Visual Art
The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public