Thora Dolven Balke (b.1982, Oslo) was educated at Fata Morgana Photographic School, Denmark; Bergen and Oslo Art Academy in Norway and Mountain School of Art in Los Angeles. Her work has been a part of exhibitions such as The Collectors, Danish and Nordic Pavilions, 53rd Venice Biennale (2009); Lights On—Norwegian Contemporary Art, Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo (2008) and the Biennale of Jafre, Catalonia, Spain (2009). Recent exhibitions include ALVOR, Michael Thibault Gallery, Los Angeles (2014); They, Them, DREI, Cologne (2015) and solo exhibitions Von hinten durch die Brust ins Auge, Kristiansand Kunsthall (2015) and I is at Kunstnerforbundet in Oslo (2015). Dolven Balke was one of two curators of the biennale Lofoten International Art Festival – LIAF – in 2011 and co-funded and programmed the artist-run space REKORD in Oslo from 2006 to 2010. In 2013-14 she was Office of Contemporary Art Norways artist in residence at ISCP in New York and she is now a participant in the 2016 Capacete programme in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.