Nasan Tur works in an intermediate area between the public and the gallery space, drawing his material from messages and tensions he finds in the urban environment. His works comment on the conflicts and failures of ideologies either directly or indirectly. While suggesting that we must rise against repression and to struggle for fundamental democratic rights, such as freedom of the speech, he also admits the risk that resistance can turn into violence, which expands the scope of his work to cover also the ethic dimension of both individuals and community action. The overarching theme of his artistic work embraces all social struggle and the question of its justification.
Nevertheless, Tur also examines the individual’s experience: personal risk taking and opening oneself to ridicule. Yet the boldness to put oneself at risk, the ability to laugh at oneself, the tenacity to try again and again, and the ability to endure failure, these are all necessary if we want to defend important values in the society.
A key medium of Tur’s art is his own body, which he sometimes pushes to extremes, such as when he tries to break different world records or when making performative works in public spaces. In spite of their political and social tenor, his works are often humorous, astounding and sometimes shocking. Tur examines people’s activities and politics in an occasionally bemused and sometimes sorrowful way. He uses any media that suits his theme. His first exhibition in Finland, the exhibition presents sculptures, photographs, videos and installations. Tur currently holds a professorship at the post-graduate program Spacial Strategies at Weißensee Academy of Art, Berlin.
Nasan Tur (b.1974, Offenbach) graduated from the Academy of Art and Design Offenbach and Academy of Art Städelschule Frankfurt. He has exhibited extensively, including solo exhibitions Museumsquartier, Felix Nussbaum Haus, Osnabrück, Germany (2019); Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland (2018); Splinter In My Eye, Dirimart, Istanbul, Turkey (2017); Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg, Germany (2017); Fondazione Adolfo Pini, Milan, Italy (2017); Blain|Southern, Berlin, Germany (2016); Deweer Gallery, Otegem, Belgium (2016); Kunst Haus Wien, Vienna, Austria (2016); Blain|Southern, London, the United Kingdom (2015); Kunsthal 44 Møen, Askeby, Denmark (2014); Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany (2011); Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany (2009) and Yapı Kredi Kazım Taşkent Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey (2009). Important group exhibitions include Documenta 14 (2017); Bucharest Biennial (2016); Lentos Museum Linz (2016); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015); Fondazione MAXXI, Rome (2015); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2015); Museo d’Arte Moderna, Bologna (2015); Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin (2014); Istanbul Modern (2013); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2013); Arter, Istanbul (2011); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main (2009); Taipei Biennial (2008); and Istanbul Biennial (2007). Nasan Tur lives and works in Berlin.