Born 1979 in Denmark. Lives and works in Aarhus, Denmark
© Iben Toft Nørgård
Iben Toft Nørgård, “[...],” 2004. © Iben Toft Nørgård
Iben Toft Nørgård is studying at The Jutland Academy of Fine Arts in Aarhus, expecting to graduate in 2005. Gender, identity, and sexuality often play a central role in her artistic work, with a special focus on the female sex/body. For instance, this is evident in the collage “[...],” which depicts two women posing in a classical pinup pose, constructed solely by cuttings from porn magazines. The piece was part of Nørgård's solo show in the Katapult Theater in Aarhus, autumn 2004. Nørgård had another solo show at Katapult in the beginning of 2004, in which the work “I'm growing hair” could be seen. The show consisted of a series of works focusing on hair as both the medium and expression. Nørgård has used and examined hair in her art since 2000. Her solo show, Medusa, in Randers, Denmark, 2002, presented her “hair works” for the first time. In the group show Twogather, curated by and exhibited in rum46, Aarhus, earlier this year, Nørgård was invited to collaborate with the acknowledged Aarhus-based artist Hilarius Hofstede. This resulted in the piece “Twinning.” Nørgård and Hofstede have since then been invited to contribute to the touring exhibition Bison Caravan, opening in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and travelling to Morocco and New York, USA, later this year. Nørgård has also participated in the exhibitions: Ex Situ (The Jutland Academy of Fine Arts, Aarhus, Denmark, 2003); Kulturbureau (The Jutland Academy of Fine Arts, Aarhus, Denmark, 2003); Wunderkammer (The Jutland Academy of Fine Arts, Aarhus, Denmark, 2002); Investing Art (Danske Bank, Aarhus, Denmark, 2001); Konnektor (Pfefferberg, Berlin, Germany, 2000); and group shows in Aarhus and Viborg, Denmark. In 2001, Nørgård also founded the poetry periodical Tanke (www.ideations.dk).
Contribution: Participates in Station 1: The Equestrian Hall, Aarhus, with “Ideal Woman? Fragments of Conversations Between Women,” 2004. Installation with sound and publication, 2 x 3 m. Courtesy of the artist.