Visual artist Ana Torfs was born in Belgium in 1963. The relation or tension between text/language and image plays a central role in her 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 reproducible media, ranging from slide projections, sound, photography, video and film to xerography, Jacquard weaving, off-set- and screen printing.
Among other solo exhibitions, Ana Torfs has shown at 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 center for art and media in Brussels (2007), daadgalerie, Berlin (2006), GAK gesellschaft für aktuelle Kunst in Bremen (2006), and Palais des Beaux-Arts (Bozar) in Brussels (2000). She has developed a web project for Dia Art Foundation in New York (2004). A Prior Magazine dedicated an issue to Torfs' work in 2004. She was awarded a DAAD scholarship (Berlin) in 2005. Ana Torfs has participated in numerous international group exhibitions including Parasophia in Kyoto (2015), 1st International Biennial of Cartagena de Indias (2014), Sharjah Biennial 11 (2013), Manifesta 9 Genk, Belgium (2012), Montreal Biennial 2 (2000), and Lyon Biennial 3 (1995).
Ana Torfs lives and works in Brussels.
Since 2013 she is a docent at the photography department of Luca School of Arts in Brussels.