Based in: Norway
Media: Multimedia / Video, Cross Discipline, Photography, Sculpture / Installation
Content: Architectural, Conceptual, Knowledge Production / Discursive
Through looking, observing, doing research, analyzing and interpreting historical material, Nina Torp examines how the Western hegemonic gaze creates and communicates culture and memories. The starting point for her projects is often a cultural artifact, an art historical subject or a cultural phenomenon. She present projects in large installations consisting of prints on fibre-board, video, antique objects, photographic series and wallpaper.
A key issue in her work is how the past exists/takes place in the present time, and how it is communicated and used through history. Her work discusses the notion of a linear, uniform and regularly flowing time. She finds an interest in how art history, when one reads it in its chronological form, seems like a logical explanation of the past. When one begins to examine it, it turns out that history also is largely based on coincidences, dreams and delusions of grandeur. In recent years, she has done several projects, "For we are where we are not", "Teatro Olimpico", "Outside everything is immeasurable", dealing with the currents and the after-effects of the excavations of the ruins at Pompeii from 1740 onwards, where she explored how this event has manifested itself in cultural phenomena and further influenced historiography until today. In the "Dissolving painting" project she discusses the signature works of Abstract Expressionists and intervenes in imitations of these paintings to try to understand the history of art better and come under the surface of these iconic works.
Central to her projects is an exploration of time and representation. She is particularly interested in the visual representation associated to the 19th century's reproduction means, photography's early history, and how the Westerners’ preferred viewing angle has been repeated in the history of art.
Please see one minute excerpt of video work "For we are where we are not": http://vimeo.com/108788970
For more work, please see: http://www.ninatorp.com/