Tori Wrånes Norway, b. 1978


Oslo-based, Norwegian artist Tori Wrånes explores Nordic myths and folklore through dreamlike narratives. Wrånes is known for her ambitious and surreal performances involving sound, prosthetics and make-up, props, kinetic sculpture, architecture, and multiple choreographed performers.


Wrånes and her performers are often set in a fantasy world. Her sculptures evoke the body without fully representing it, while her action-based abstract paintings are composed of the same silicon and pigment that forms the prosthetics of her costumes.


The vastness of her interests require her practice to take on multiple forms through video/performance, sculpture, painting, and architecture. Wrånes has also developed her own unique method of communication coined as “troll language”. Using sound to convey primal emotions and truths, the artist bypasses the structural hierarchies of language and rational thought. For Wrånes, the troll is a metaphor for the id and human fate alike; it represents our hidden truths. The result is a wide ranging, experimental, and ritualistic practice that freely draws on ancient stories and contemporary struggles to speak to the human experience of past and present.




Her recent solo shows include HANDMADE ACOUSTICS at Ujazdowski Castle for Contemporary Art in Warszawa; HOT POCKET at Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo; ÆLDGAMMEL BABY / Ancient Baby, Kunsthal Charlottenborg Denmark; FLUTE WARRIORS, with Red Comunitaria Trans, Bogotà, Colombia; DRASTIC PANTS, Carl Freedman Gallery London. Select performances include STONE and SINGER commissioned by the 19Th Biennale of Sydney; YES NIX, commissioned by PERFORMA 13 New York; Colombo Art Biennale, Sri Lanka; Dhaka Art Seminars, Dhaka Bangladesh; CCA Lagos, Nigeria; The Eccentrics, Sculpture Center, New York. Recently commissioned work includes NAAM YAI, for Thailand Biennale in Krabi.

Installation shots