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Tora Endestad Bjørkheim

Born in 1986 in Honefoss, Norway
Lives in Bergen

Mind the Gap. 2011. Plastic sheet and acrylic paint. Cut by hand. Courtesy of the artist

”The ordinary can be defined as something indefinable that exists in the gap, in the pause, in between cultural categories” (M. Epstein). Certain things have an almost indisputable high status, maybe most of all as symbols of economic stability or success. Other things we see as garbage—useless or replaceable. There are things in between we all recognize, but neither desire nor reject. These things exist, but we seldom reflect upon them—they are ordinary. As Epstein argues; the ordinary can be defined as something indefinable. Without a common characteristic, it can rather be defined by its lack of a homogenous aesthetic. An ordinary kitchen towel is transformed to lose its original qualities. It’s enlarged almost to a monumental level. It moves from three- to two-dimensional with an illusion of the three-dimensional. Still, its references to the ordinary remains; it emphasizes the ordinary, without being ordinary in itself.

Tora Endestad Bjorkheim

July 2, 2014

On June 24 and 25, 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art began. 3069 applications by artists under 35 from 84 countries of the world were submitted for the competition, which lasted from November 2013 through March 2014. David Elliott, Artistic Director of the Biennale, proposed the motto A Time for Dreams as the general theme, and curated the main Biennale project, which presented works by 83 artists from 32 countries of the world.

June 17, 2014

The educational program of the Biennale, curated by Antonio Geusa and coordinated by Ekaterina Razdumina, is entitled Wise Advice, and aims at helping young artists to find answers to various questions that concern their creative growth and career development.