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Nora Turato

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  • Description  
  • Jigsaw Puzzle (1000 Pieces)  
  • Dimensions  
  • 68 x 48,5 cm (box: 23,8 x 33 x 4 cm)  
  • Edition  
  • 245 (+5 AP + 2 PP)  
  • Year  
  • 2020  

Nora Turato’s contribution to Solitude is a great example of the artist’s capabilities in tying together corporate paradigms, seditious messages and ambiguous pictorial graphics, connecting fundamental premises with a lucid understanding and sensitivity.

If we disregard what eventually could precede the activation of the work, its title, Puzzle, reveals only one possible implication, the first step. For once, the goal of framing a puzzle would not be to glorify your own talents, but to acknowledge the resulting image.

At the very core of Nora Turato’s practice is language. In her work she translates information absorbed from her daily intake of articles, conversations, subtitles and advertising slogans into linguistic-visual scripts for videos, installations, artist books, murals and spoken word performances. All that surrounds her finds its way back into her work. In this manner she is democratic; political statements merge with Kardashians quotes in equal measure, revealing subtle synchronisms in social relations, marketing strategies, consumer behaviour and their own subjectivity.

In addition to the bold typography that characterises her style, Turato’s own handwriting often appears in sprawling script across her work, alluding to a sentimental attachment to the artist’s notebook or the private moments of rehearsal before a performance. Moreover, it immortalises a means of communication, which threatens to dissipate with the ubiquity of digital correspondence.

Turato channels the textual hysteria emitted from our smartphones to accentuate the volatility of language when taken out of context. Her work speaks to an age in which language is divorced from its informative function and words are abstracted from meaning.

Commissioned by Frans Masereel Centrum, as part of the offline and offsite group project Solitude (Fall-Winter 2020).

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