Sjoerd Kloosterhuis

Nora is the main character in Henrik Ibsen’s play ‘A doll's house’ dating from 1879. She had the courage to go in search of her own identity, and dared to pursue her own individual liberty. Due to the strength of the main character, the play grew to become an icon of the emancipation of women world-wide.

The search for identity is, however, timeless, and not restricted solely to women. In a contemporary performance of ‘A doll's house’, a man or someone with a less traditional gender identity could just as easily play the role of Nora. Recent years have seen increasing openness surrounding various forms of sexuality. Nevertheless, a lot of ignorance on this matter still prevails among the public at large.

The group exhibition Nora criticises the current belief that identity is unalterable. It is the exhibition's ambition to contribute, by displaying videos and installations, to increasing the visibility of gender diversity.