Nasan Tur, Public Privacy

Preview April 16 - 6.30 pm
16 April - May 31, 2008
curated by Gabi Scardi

On April the 16th the Galleria Riccardo Crespi inaugurates Public Privacy, the first personal exhibition in Italy by artist Nasan Tur.

Public Privacy draws an itinerary between public and private, on the look-out for the "point" of intersection between individual and collective sensitivity.

Nasan Tur's art is focused on discovering a new language between art and daily life. His search gave life to Public Privacy, which is used to tackle, with subtle irony, the difficult relationship between the individual and society, through a wide range of media.

This young artist drives his spectators into a meditation on the fragmentation of a single person's identity, which is more and more homogenized with superficial stereotypes and standard behaviors.

The exhibition shows a series of works especially conceived for the gallery, which conveys by a single underlying theme specific problems in today's society.

Nasan Tur takes us on a journey that evolves around feelings of anxiety over the loss of self, typical in our days. In his works the individual loses his oneness only to find pieces of his personality, lost in the shallowness of the crowd.

This thought gave life to one of Public Privacy's fundamental works, an installation hanging in mid-air, made from fragments of mirror which reflect multiple images of reality or of the self, shattered by depersonalizing conventionalities. His artistic poetics evolves around daily routine, conveyed by gestures and words that punctuate everyday life. This reflection gave rise to works, such as Milano Says and Human Behaviours focused on different moods of each one of us. The firsttells trought graffiti on the walls around Milan, the language of collective awareness capable of conveying individual stories and feelings by the spattering of spray paint.

Human Behaviours is a work in progress of a series of multiple slideshows, with four hundreds pictures of passers-by taken in different European towns, organized into categories made to label men on the strength of superficial stereotypes, worn out and standardized, which however allow the variegated diversity of each person to emerge.

Nasan's art intermingles with society, gives it regenerating power, and gives life even to every day life junk. Thus he created Public Sculptures - Milano, an installation of five “precious” sculptures whose kernel consists of small pieces of scrap found in the rubbish and then coated with a layer of fine gold, and five videos that document the sculptures “steal “. Furthermore, thanks to Nasan Tur the world regains possession of the fruits of his art. The sculptures’ series are producted in two identical copies: one for the show, and the other twin left in the street, lost to its fate. The invitation to the exhibition, designed by the artist especially for the occasion, constitutes an edition in 1500 copies.