In a diverse practice that ranges from sculpture, drawing, video and photography to performance and installation, Nasan Tur examines social conditions, probing the relationship between production, value, modes of communication and their relation to power. With his installations, the artist invites the viewer to think anew. Tur compels attention with performances that can include somersaults, songs and screaming. He performs in the streets, public squares, and airports out of the blue. One of his works is comprised of 800 different spellings of the word “capital”, which refers to Marx’s Capital. In one video, for example, the artist displays gestures and expressions of people shooting a gun for the first time in their lives. Tur also made a video installation featuring himself painting on an empty white wall with spray paint the graffiti pieces he had collected from all around Berlin. He shot another version of it with graffiti from Istanbul.
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 at 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). A major solo show took place at Pori Art Museum in Finland at the beginning of 2019. 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.