Ana Torfs (Belgium, 1963) is a visual artist. She studied Communication Sciences at KU Leuven and Film & Video at Sint-Lukas in Brussels, where she has been teaching since 2013. Immediately after her studies, she directed three commissioned videotapes in collaboration with Jurgen Persijn, amongst which Akarova & Baugniet/L’entre-deux-guerres (1991) and Mozart Material (1993). In 1998, she made her first and only feature film Zyklus von Kleinigkeiten.
In her installations Torfs seeks to enable a topical and authentic perception of the scattered remains of our cultural and political history. The multiple sources she references are seen in a new light through the lens of the present. In the end, we only perceive echoes of the original materials: playful and poetic transpositions, generating displacements of meaning and interpretation. The relation or tension between text and image plays a central role in her work, and with it all the related processes of visualization, interpretation, manipulation and translation.