Viron Erol Vert’s (b. 1975 in Berlin, lives and works in Berlin and Istanbul) work is closely related to his biography, which is particularly shaped by the state of what he calls being “in-between”. In this in-between, different cultures, languages, perspectives and also views of life converge and thus combine to form a hybrid multi-cultural identity. In his work Erol Vert elaborates on the construction of identity by appropriating cultural signifiers and constructing new meanings with them—ultimately inferring that identity itself is a montage of conflicting signifiers.
Erol Vert has recently been considering the effects of this on the unconscious, and has turned to the traditionally “expressive” medium of painting for this exploration. These expressive portraits derive from Vert’s interest in psychology, particularly Freud’s psychoanalytic model, and deal with the construction of selfhood. These collect and superimpose various thought and memory sketches, producing figuratively abstract impressions from their colour and surface. In doing so, Vert aims towards an unconscious painting that tries to focus on the moment of the spiritual and mental in-between that manifests in the work.
- #UNFINISHEDTRACES: "Ich mag keine Ausländer, aber bei Dir ist es was anderes", Kunstverein in Hamburg (S)
Studio Berlin, Boros Foundation, Berghain, Berlin (G)
- Ambereum, Roskilde Festival, Roskilde (S)
- Staff Only, Villa Romana, Florence (S)
- Born in The Purple, Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Berlin (S)
Of Part and Loaf, Wiener Festwochen, Vienna (S)
- Where are we know, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), Berlin (G)
- The Chronist, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Stuttgart (S)
Engeneering Abraham 1, Milchhof Pavillion, Berlin (S)