Biography

selfportrait20121105_9197Goran Turnšek

Goran Turnšek (1978) was born in Ptuj in former Yugoslavia, now Slovenia. He studied modern dance at Academy of Theater and Dance in Amsterdam and photography at the Fotocademie Amsterdam. As a dancer he collaborated with Krisztina de Châtel, Marina Abramović and Nicole Beutler. He created dance choreographies Being Blanka (2009), Water beast (2010) and Chatting with Marcin (2010). After the dance career he developed an interest in the relationship between performance and photography. In 2015 he graduated with the photo project ‘Jakob’ which was shortlisted by Unseen Dummy Award and Selection of Dutch photography. So far he performed at Julidans (Amsterdam), Dance Umbrella Festival (London, 2007), Dnevi suvremenog plesa (Zagreb/Rijeka, 2009), held solo and group exhibitions in Theater aan het Vrijthof (Maastricht, 2016), Podium Mozaiëk (Amsterdam, 2017) and group exhibitions at WEP (Groningen, 2010), Gallery Walls (Amsterdam, 2008), Art’otel (Amsterdam, 2015), Kadmium (Delft, 2016) and Rotterdam Photo Festival (Rotterdam, 2017). His work has been published in the British Journal of Photography, Volkskrant magazine, Fotodigi and Photocaptionist, among others.

My work consists of interdisciplinary practice that involves photography, dance and design. It contains staged, single and sequential images, from large format to small format photos that are presented as installations, self-published photo books and live performance. These interdisciplinary practice is necessary to express my ideas that refer to the representation of an artistic and conceptual view that is related to the concepts of identity and problems of representation. Through them I want to show how we can reconstruct our past that is stored in collective memory and not longer the main topic due to overload of media or being nullified as result.


EDUCATION

2012-2015 | Fotoacademie, Amsterdam

2001-2004 | Communication and design management, University Rotterdam

1996-2000 | Academy of Theater and Dance, Amsterdam

 

EXHIBITION

2020 | Vanishing memories, solo exhibition, Mihelič gallery, Ptuj

2019 | Iets met ruimte, group exhibition, Kunstlievend Genootschap Pictura, Groningen

2019 | Second stage, solo exhibition, Fotoacademie, Amsterdam

2018 | Iets met ruimte, group exhibition, Kunsthal 45, Den Helder

2018 | Fotoroute, group exhibition, Windkracht 13, Den Helder

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

2017 | Dansfoto van het Jaar 2016, Theater Korzo, Den Haag

2016 | Vulnerable, group exhibition, Kadmium, Delft

2016 | Hidden Systems, presentation, Bookstore space, Amsterdam

2016 | Second stage, solo exhibition, Here we live and now, Den Haag

2016 | Second stage, solo exhibition, Festival de Nederlandse Dansdagen, Maastricht

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

2015 | AIM, graduate exhibition, Loods 6, Amsterdam

2011 | Ephemeral conversations, solo exhibition, Theater Kikker

2010 | 1111 km translation, group exhibition, WEP, Groningen

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

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

 

PUBLICATIONS

2018 | Qualis Magazine, Spring 1018, jaargang 16, Nummer 1

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

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

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 Issue

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

2019 | BIFA, bronze winner for the photos serie ‘Mrs. Slana’

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

2009 |Grand from The Amsterdam Fund for the Arts

2000 | The Phillip Morris Scholarship, Amsterdam

 

ART FAIRS & FESTIVALS

2018 | Mopla – Month of Photography, Photo Book Exhibition, Los Angeles

2017 | This Art Fair, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam

2017 | Rotterdam Photo Festival, Rotterdam

2017 | Vienna Photo Book Festival, Vienna

2017 | Fotofestival Naarden, Naarden

2016 | Vienna Photo Book Festival, Vienna

2015 | Unseen Photo Book Festival, Amsterdam

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

2009 | Tjedan suvremenog plesa, Zagreb/Rijeka

2007 | Dance Umbrella Festival, London

2006 | Julidans, 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

2019 | Minka, Kunstlievend Genootschap Pictura, Groningen

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, (Amore e Merda), Amsterdam

2004- 2008 | Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel, (Zooi, Föld, Imperium, Tando, 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