Thora Dolven Balke (b.1982 lives and works between North Norway, London and Berlin) has exhibited extensively in Norway and internationally. Her work is an exploration of image and sound-making through her own artistic practice, as well as through the organisation of artistic and curatorial platforms that contribute to the development of other artists’ work, in connection with other cultural forms, such as music and performance. Her photographs, in the form of Polaroids as well as films, suggest a diaristic, subjective approach to image making that refuses to disclose the level of fiction they contain. The photographic works and their sculptural counterparts focus on the mechanical and human aspects to image making and the ongoing conflict of trying to reconcile the two. Dolven Balke was one of two curators of the biennale Lofoten International Art Festival – LIAF – in 2011 and co-funded and programmed the artist-run space REKORD in Oslo from 2006 to 2010.
Thora Dolven Balkes work has been a part of exhibitions such as “The Collectors”, Danish and Nordic Pavilions, 53rd Venice Biennale (2009); “Lights On—Norwegian Contemporary Art”, Astrup Fearnley Museum Oslo (2008) and the Biennale of Jafre, Catalonia, Spain (2009). Recent exhibitions include “ALVOR”, Michael Thibault Gallery, Los Angeles (2014); “Variety Lights”, Devening Projects, Chicago (2014); “They, Them”, DREI, Cologne (2015); “Attachments”, Galleri MELK, Oslo (2015); “Von hinten durch die Brust ins Auge”, Kristiansand Kunsthall (2015) and “I is” at Kunstnerforbundet in Oslo (2015).