Thora Dolven Balke

Oslo, Norway, 1982
Lives and works between Rio de Janeiro and Oslo

Selected Solo Exhibitions


All that respires, conspires, Young Artists Society UKS and Ultima festival, Oslo


I is, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo
Von hinten durch die Brust ins Auge, Kristiansand Kunsthall, Kristiansand


Attachments, Melk, Oslo


Eureka, Galleri Christian Torp, Oslo


How to swallow a meteorite, Galleri Fimbul, Oslo


Selected Group Exhibitions


The Young Lions, Preus Photographic Museum, Oslo
Lucia, QB gallery and Blomqvist auction house, Oslo
INNLAND, Centre de Création Contemporaine Olivier Debré, Tours, France


Zine & self-published book fair, Camera Club of New York, NYC
You’re Dead, 6 soundworks for Daata Editions, launched at NADA NYC and online
Nulla Dies Sine Linea, Satellite Berlin
Uncovering History; Women in electronic music #1-4, Entreé Radio, Bergen


Distant Shadow, Jimei X Arles International Photo Festival, Xiamen, China
LoveOften, Curated by Kjetil Berge, Lofoten, North-Norway
Kapital.FM, curated by Ilja Karilampi, Cambridge Heath Rd, c/o Wilkinson Gallery, London
They, Them, curated by Tirill Hasselknippe, Gallerie Drei, Cologne
Tilfældet Oslo, Ringsted galleriet, Ringsted, Denmark


Collection as Allocated Objects, Tidens Krav, Oslo
ALVOR, with Ann Cathrin November Høibo, Michael Thibault Gallery, Los Angeles
Darkness and Light, Scandinavian House, New York
Little Nassau, New York
Chez Pedro, Pioneerworks, New York


Variety Lights, Devening Projects, Chicago
NearFar, Vestlandsutstillingen, travelling exhibition, Norway


The Running Room, Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York
Agnes Amstaff presents The Last To Say, Gavu Cheb Museum, Czech Republic
Yield, Porsgrunn Kunstforening, Norway
Calma, 18th Street Art Centre, curated by Kristian Skylstad, Los Angeles


Matters, Galleri Christian Torp, Oslo
Word Perfect 2.0, Noplace, Oslo
Situation as Object, Gallery D.O.R, Brussels


Fear Nothing, Akershus Art Centre, Norway
Reflected in a drop of Oil, curated by Linus Elmes, Galleri Niklas Belenius, Stockholm
One Night Only, with Emma Kihl, curated by Linus Elmes, Oslo



Major Depression, group show at One Night Only, Oslo
The Collectors, curated by Elmgreen & Dragset, 53 rd Venice Biennale, The Nordic Pavilion
AntArctica, Haugar Art Museum, Norway


Darkness Descends, M*A*S*H, New York
Alone in the Dark, curated by Kristian Skylstad, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo
Re* Doubting Telling Objects, Verftet USF, Bergen
Voudou, Galleri 54, Gothenburg, Sweden and 0047, Oslo
Lights On, Astrup Fearnley MoMA, Oslo


I Wanna be Loved by You, Hamar Performance festival, Kunstbanken
Old Bold Neuropa 2, Galleri Area 53, Vienna
Blackout, Galleri Fimbul, Oslo


Hit that piece of Ivory there, New Music – Ny Musikk, Oslo
Mørke Nu festival, Bodø, Norway
When I leave the world behind, Skulpturepark 2006, Stefan Andersson Gallery, Sweden


Fimbulvinter, Galleri Fimbul, Oslo
Is That All there Is?, performance at Kjetil Berges piece at the 8 th Havana biennale, Cuba
Holiday Inn, Galuzin Gallery, Oslo


Selected Curatorial Projects



Tongue and Ear, co-curated with Felipe Pena, Kristiansand Kunsthall, Norway
All that respires, conspires, Young Artists Society UKS and Ultima festival, Oslo
INNLAND, Centre de Création Contemporaine Olivier Debré, Tours, Frankrike


Respira Conspira, with Camilla Rocha Campos, Capacete, Rio de Janeiro


Distant Shadow, Jimei X Arles International Photo Festival, Xiamen, China


Undo, group show, Vestfossen Art Laboratorium, Norway


2009 – 2011
Curator/producer of public artwork in Ilseng Prison, w artists Anders Nordby and Aril Tveito, for
Public Art Norway KORO


Curator/producer of public artwork in Åna Prison, for Public Art Norway KORO


2009 – 2011
Something in the way, Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF) co-curated with Linn Pedersen


Rekord at Ultima sound Festival, Oslo, Norway


Curator/producer of public artwork in Bodø Prison, dept. Fauske. With artist Halvard Kjærvik
Love & Order, Plattform 08 and LIAF, Melbu and Svolvær, Norway
Pineapple, or Knife? Iceberg, or volcano?, Rekord at Lights On, Astrup Fearnley MoMA


The Ivory Tower, Happy Days sound festivals Off-festival. With Happy Days and Ny Musikk at
Rekord, Oslo


2006 – 2009
Founder and director / programming at REKORD, artist-run space, Oslo


God is a Gallery. One of three curators for the inaugural exhibition of Galuzin Gallery, Oslo
04 P.O.V. : Young artists screening video works once a month, Gallery FiSk, Bergen


Lectures, Teaching, Board and Jury Work


2015 – 2017
Chair of the board, Maaretta Jaukkuri Foundation


Jury member, Photographers Union FFF, Norway


2008 – 2016
Guest teacher Fata Morgana Photographic School of Art, Copenhagen, one week annually


Panel on New Scandinavian Photography, Whitechapel Gallery, London
Teaching, Nordland Art and Film school, Norway
Lecture and teaching, Nordland Art and Film school, Norway


Artist talk, Scandinavian House, New York
Artist talk, ISCP, New York


Performative lecture, ZKM symposium for Extended Radio Drama, Karlsruhe, Germany
Producer for recording of Qvigstads Sami Sagas and tales, for AK Dolven at Bodø Culturehouse
Sound design, radio documentary, Deutschland Radio


Jurymember for spring exhibition, Charlottenborg Kunsthall, Denmark
Jurymember for master enrolment, Art Academy, Oslo


2009 – 2010
Board member UKS Young Artists Society, Norway


2008 – 2010
Audiobook producer for Damm / Cappellen Publishing House, Norway


2007 – 2010
Vocalist and percussion in the band Phaedra, with Ingvild Langgård


Grants and Residencies


Capacete residency (march-december) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


2014 – 2018
Government working grant, 5 years


2013 – 2014
International Studio and Curatorial Programme ISCP, New York


Government working grant for younger artists, 1 year


2010 – 2011
Government working grant for younger artists, 2 years


Lorch Skive and Wife endowment


Selected Bibliography


Essay for Ann Cathrin November Høibo, artist book, STANDARD Oslo publishing


New Scandinavian Photography, Black Dog Publishing
Nordic Contemporaries, TransGlobe Publishing and Thames&Hudson


2005., artist book, self-published
Objektiv #10, conversation with Tacita Dean


No Dancing, collaborational publication MSA class of 2012, Los Angeles


Cura #9, interview with Marianna Zamecznik / Linn Pedersen


Reflected in a drop of oil, catalogue, Gallery Niklas Belenius, Stockholm
Essay for Linn Pedersen – Stub, Lord Jim Publishing


Essay for Else Leirvik, Feather Arch, Nomas Foundation, Italy


Utflukt # 4 – Vinterkort, presentation of works




Mountain School of Art, Los Angeles


2005 – 2006
Academy of Fine Arts, Oslo


2004 – 2005
Exchange to Academy of Fine Arts, Oslo.


2003 – 2004
National School of the Arts, Bergen, Dep. Art Academy.


2002 – 2003
National School of the Arts, Bergen, Dep. of specialised Art: Photography.


2001 – 2002
Fata Morgana Photographic School of Fine Art, Copenhagen, Denmark


updated at 27/11/2017


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