The nucleus of Nora Turatos‘ works lies in the usage of language. In her videos, sculptural installations, artist books, murals and spoken word performances she superimposes phonetic, semantic as well as visual qualities of language.
Turato withdraws fragments from the daily chaos of information flow, from press articles, chats, subtitles and advertising messages and converts them into a concentrated, linguistic-visual network. What surrounds the artist every day streams back into her work. In this procedure she is democratic. Equally, political statements as well as Kardashian quotes can be embedded in her conglomerate. The emerging parallelism reflects a network of social relationships, marketing strategies, consumer behaviour and their own sub- jectivity. In addition to the targeted application and handling of typographic connotations, Turato also uses her own handwriting as an authoritative typographic formula. The concept plays with the romantic idea of artist’s notes and the intimacy of the rehearsal of the performance. A personal, visual gesture, which is threatening to disappear in digital correspondence.
Nora Turato channels the ejections of our smartphones, making the volatility of content understandable and accentuating the original power of language and the loss of that ability. She portrays an age in which language has become deformed from its informative function – based on a pool of word fragments.
“Every pool mirrors not only the cultural climate and the events around the world, but also with whom I interact and how I spend my time.” (Nora Turato)
Nora Turato was born in Zagreb in 1991 and lives and works in Amsterdam. She studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam followed by a master at ‘Werkplaats Typografie’ in Arnhem. From 2017-2019 she was a resident at the Rijksakadmie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. In 2019 she had solo exhibitions at the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein and Beursschouwburg in Brussels. In addition to Turato’s exhibition at Philara Collection in 2020 she will have solo appearances at the Center Pompidou, Paris and MGLC, Ljubljana.
Image: Installation view what do you make of this? did you make this up? 2020 Courtesy of the artist; LambdaLambdaLambda, Pristina & Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich. 2020 © Philara Collection, Düsseldorf. Photo: Paul Schöpfer