14 September – 14 October 2018
NORA TURATO: POOL 2
Opening: Friday, 14 September, 7pm (performance at 8pm)
Exhibition: 15 September – 14 October 2018
UKS, St. Olavs gate 3
NB: For the duration of Pool 2, UKS’ opening hours are:
Wednesday – Friday: 5–5:30pm
Saturday – Sunday: 2–2:30pm
High-paced rhythm and shrill rhyme of recurrent figures of speech is a trademark of Amsterdam-based Turato. At UKS, the centerpiece of her show is a block-like publication, Pool 2, which in equal measure functions as prop, artwork, book, archive, and exhibition.
Time-capsuling a full year of memes, catch-phrases, and oversharing collected mainly online, Turato’s book records and reshuffles a particular “now” in contemporary culture. Visually taking cue from health warnings on tobacco packaging, bold white sans-serif text bites are soaked into black boxes—creating a seemingly endless dark pool swallowing the patch-worked words.
Using this gloomy word-base of newspeak as both literal dictionary and physical backdrop for her restless walk and logorrhea, Turato will perform on a daily basis. The time of her act will define UKS’ opening hours; the display is to be experienced live-only, in-time—or, alternatively, by bringing home the frozen visual archive: the book-as-exhibition.
At UKS, Turato’s one-ton-heavy block of books shapes the show’s sole sculptural gesture, which audiences, in turn, will be encouraged to disassemble, devour, and remove over the course of the exhibition—emptying the UKS space by purchasing Pool 2. Liberalizing the exhibition for (cheap) consumption, audiences are invited to slow down time with an accelerated regime of self-centric phrases: Go experience the digital quotes in analogue! Read the exhibition all alone on your sofa!
*Turato (b. 1991, Zagreb) is a Croatian artist and musician currently based in Amsterdam as a resident at the Rijksakademie (2017-2019). Turato studied at Gerrit Rietveld in Amsterdam and at Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem. In 2018, she, among other performances and exhibitions, had large-scale presentations at Manifesta 12, Palermo; Vleeshal, Middelburg; and Liste Art Fair, Basel. In 2017, Turato exhibited and/or performed at, among other places, NAK, Aachen; Bonner Kunstverein; Kölnischer Kunstverein; Juliette Jongma Gallery, Amsterdam; Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève; LambdaLambdaLambda, Prishtina; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; and within The 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana.
*Turato’s exhibition has received generous support from Mondriaan Fund.