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Protection against an evil friend Foto: Jonas Mailand.

Ingrid Torvund
Protection against an evil friend

11 January -18 February 2018

SOFT Gallery is delighted to welcome you to the opening of a solo exhibition featuring works by Ingrid Torvund: Protection Against an Evil Friend. This is also the world premiere of a new staging of a film stage-set with the same title as the exhibition.

Since Ingrid Torvund graduated from Oslo National Academy of the Arts in 2012, she has immersed herself in working with art films. Thus far she has produced the films Magic Blood Machine (2012) and When I go out I bleed magic (2015). She is now working on the last film in the trilogy: I found you under earth, under blood, of which this new staging is a part. For the exhibition at SOFT, Torvund will also present costumes and textile works from the trilogy.

Torvund is inspired by the human need to create mythology – a system out of the chaos that exists between nature and culture. The films walk a thin line between planned fiction and the documentation of a performance. In her latest film she mixes ancient folk religion with the aesthetics of science fiction films. Her productions are filmed in Kviteseid in West-Telemark, where she was raised. As such, her films reflect a unique familiarity with the natural surroundings.

West-Telemark is an area of Norway that is famed for its rich cultural heritage; it’s a place where folk music, woodcarving and oral story telling [ballad recitation] are still practiced. In the many ancient churches and wooden storehouses, there are many examples of pre-Christian and Christian symbols existing side by side. Dragons, angels, crosses and demons, nymphs, trolls and talking animals are all part of this tradition. This syntetism fascinated me greatly in my formative years. In my films, you can trace a desire to emphasize or characterize these elements.

The films are made through collaboration with Jonas Mailand.

The journalist and author Marie Laland Ekeli has written a text about Ingrid Torvund, which will be launched in connection with of the exhibition.

Ingrid Torvund, (b.1985)
Torvund studied at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, earning a bachelor’s degree from the art academy department in 2012. She has held several solo exhibitions, some of which have been at Kurant in Tromsø, Kunsthall Grenland, Sprinten Kunsthall in Telemark and Rom for kunst at Oslo Central Station. She has also participated in group shows, including Oslo Museum of Contemporary Art, at Kunsthall Oslo, Nordic Matters, Southbank Center in London, Bokkunst at Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall in Arendal, Pluss Pluss at the Blackbox in Oslo, and Sound VS. System at Kunsthall Oslo. She has twice participated in the annual national jurried exhibition Høstutstillingen at Kunstnernes hus in Oslo. In the spring of 2018, Torvund will present an exhibition at BLOKK in Bergen as well as participate in the exhibition Vårutstillingen at Forbundet Frie Fotografer in Oslo (the national organization for photographers and camera-based artists).