Biography

selfportrait20121105_9197Goran Turnšek

Goran Turnšek (1978) was born in former Yugoslavia, now Slovenia. He studied modern dance at Academy of Theater and Dance in Amsterdam. He danced with Krisztina de Châtel, Piet Rogie, Nicole Beutler and has collaborated with Marina Abramović and Aziz Bekkaoui. After his dance career he created dance choreographies and developed an interest in the relationship between performance and photography which he explored during further studies at the Fotoacademie Amsterdam. In 2015 he graduated with the project ‘Jakob’ under supervision of Ellen Sanders and Nicole Segers. Goran has won dance prizes and was shortlisted by various photography awards such as Unseen Dummy Award and Selection of Dutch photography. His work has been published in the British Journal of Photography, Volkskrant magazine, Fotodigi and Photocaptionist, among others.

In his work, Goran Turnšek presents daily movements as performance. He uses dance knowledge and works with his models as a choreographer. The relationship between the body and the space in which it is located plays an important role. In his photography he used sequences, diptychs and loose photographs he finds essential to tell his story. He often plays with obscurity and this refers to both the anonymity of the person and the anonymity of the source of the subject. Topics to be found in his work are identity and impermanence. His photography publications and expositions are an integral part of his desire to make dance a more tangible medium.


 

EDUCATION

2012-2015 | Fotoacademie, Amsterdam

2001-2004 | Communication and design management, University Rotterdam

1996-2000 | Academy of Theater and Dance, Amsterdam

EXHIBITION

2017 | This Art Fair, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam

2017 | Second Stage, solo exhibition, Podium Mozaiëk, Amsterdam

2017 | Rotterdam Photo Festival, Rotterdam

2017 | Dansfoto van het Jaar 2016, Theater Korzo

2016 | Vulnerable, group exhibition, Kadmium, Delft

2016 | Hidden Systems, presentation with Minhong Yu, Bookstore space, Amsterdam

2016 | Second Stage, solo exhibition, Theater Korzo/Here we live and now, Den Haag

2016 | Second Stage, solo exhibition, Theater aan het Vrijthof/Festival de Nederlandse Dansdagen, Maastricht

2015 | GUP, group exhibition, Art’otel, Amsterdam

2015 | Amsterdam Int’l Art Fair, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam

2015 | AIM, graduate exhibition, Loods 6, Amsterdam

2011 | Ephemeral conversations, solo exhibition, Theater Kikker

2008 | Up Close & Personal, group exhibition, Walls gallery, Amsterdam

2008 | Mic Mac Trouble, group exhibition, Ayacs gallery, Amsterdam

2008 | mercARTor, solo exhibition, Blagovnica MERCATOR, Ptuj

2004 | Nü Formz, group exhibition, Locus010, Rotterdam

PUBLICATIONS

2017 | Dans Magazin, Second Stage, No 1., January 2017

2017 | PF, Op zoek naar een leven na het dans, 18 January 2017

2017 | Dansfotokalender 2017

2016 | New Dawn Paper, Second stage, 13 – 22 September

2016 | Tijdschrift Ei, ‘Bij de lurven’, 6 September

2016 | De Volkskrant, Smaak, ‘Danser Goran Turnšek is nu fotograf’, 20 February

2016 | SO, Dutch Professional Photographers 2016

2016 | New Photo, Dutch Photography Talent 2016

2016 | De grote Amsterdamse Kunstkalender

2015 | My Amsterdam your home

2015 | British Journal of Photography, ‘The portraiture issue’, December 2015

2015 | Photocaptionist, ‘Strange and Unfamiliar Once Again: Sophie Wright on Unseen’, 2015, Amsterdam

2015 | Fotodigi, ‘Fotograferen als choreograaf’ by Petere Runnaar, , Editie 3

2015 | New Dawn paper, Jakob, 4 July

2014 | ELLE Decorations, (No.116), China

2014 | Harper’s BAZAAR, There’s No Formula for Great Design, October Issue in CHINA

GRANDS

2017 | Vienna Photo Book Award, shortlisted

2016 |Grand from The Amsterdam Fund for the Arts

2015 | SO 2015, Amsterdam, shortlisted

2015 | Unseen Dummy Award, Amsterdam, shortlisted

2015 | Cum Laude for graduation project Jakob

2014 | Honorable Mention in a Fine Art – Portrait Category, IPA, Los Angeles

2013 | Honorable Mention in Editorial – Personality Category, IPA, Los Angeles

2012 | Fotogram trofee, nominated, Amsterdam

2000 | The Phillip Morris Scholarship, Amsterdam

FESTIVALS

2017 | Vienna Photo Book Festival

2017 | Fotofestival Naarden

2016 | Vienna Photo Book Festival

2015 | Unseen Photo Festival, Amsterdam,

COMMITIONED

2015 | NB Projects, We live here Academie, Amsterdam

2015 | Why Not Festival, Amsterdam

2014 | Theater Narrenschiff, for performance Solo soli, Germany

2014 | National ballet Academy, Amsterdam

2013 | Why Not Festival, Amsterdam

2013 | Galerie Ra & Coda Museum, Dear To Wear

CHOREOGRAPHY

2012 | Printer, Amsterdam Grafisch Ateliers, Open Ateliers Jordaan

2010 | Waterbeest, Juni Kunstmaand, Amsterdam

2010 | Črni gibi, SNG Marbor

2009 | I forgive you, Random Collision, Groningen

2009 | Being Blanka, Dnevi suvremenog plesa, Croatia

2009 | Het Beest in Mij, 2KUSTEN, Kunst&Cultuur Noord-Holland

2008 | Being Blanka, ‘Odd/Man’ program, Dansateliers, Rotterdam

2001 | Lost, Dansateliers & Theater Lantaren/Venster, Rotterdam

2003 | In&Out, Its Festival, Amsterdam

DANCE PERFORMANCES

2012- 2014 |  Nicole Beutler Projects, Amsterdam

2008 -2011 |  Giulia Mureddu, Amsterdam

2004- 2008 | Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel, Amsterdam

2001- 2003 | Rogie&Company, Rotterdam

2003 | Paul Selwyn Norton, Korzo theater, Den Haag

2003 | Uri Ivgi, DWA, Amsterdam

VIDEOS

2009 | Guard, VideoDanzaBA, Argentina

2009 | Descending Soul, Sguardi Altrove Film Festival, Italy

2008 | DanceON, video workshop with Mediamatic, Rialto, Amsterdam

2003 | Tragic Torso, with Rogie&Company and NPS