Issue #38, 2011

‘Untitled’, 2007–2011
Navid Nuur


The works of Navid Nuur are realized in a broad range of mediums: sculptures, installations, performances, photographs, drawings. Through fluxus means, the artist uses cheap materials, at everyone’s hand (ice-cream, plasticine, detergent, etc.), which he processes as an alchemist, however not for a final effect, but only in order to savour the moment of this very process, of this “brief existence”. This process is best described by the artist himself, when he calls his works interimodules or modules of thoughts– which correspond to a thinking of the things between states.

Navid Nuur answers our invitation with a project that questions the specificity of printing. He responds, we could say, subversively, through the observation that this medium (printing) is the “slave” of a convention: The Pantone Matching System. This is a standardized system of colour reproduction, used by the typographic industry in order to identify in a one-sided/abstract way the colours, independently from their culturally changing experience, in the absence of the possibility to recognize them directly through the eyesight. Also, a result of his practice to thematize in his works the light and its absence, the absence of anything, the void, Navid uses here black, which is printed with an ink fabricated by a unique standard. (Ciprian Mureşan, translated by Raluca Voinea)


Navid Nuuris born in 1976 in Iran, lives and works in The Hague, Netherlands.

Education:2002–2003 Pietzwart Institute, Rotterdam; 2002–2004 M.A. Plymouth University England.

Selected solo exhibitions: 2011 Post Parallelism,Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, St. Gallen; 2010 Glow, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven; The Other Another, Galleri Christina Wilson, Copenhagen; Phantom Fuel, Plan B, Cluj; The Value of Void, De Hallen Museum, Haarlem, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, S.M.A.K (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst), Gent.

Selected group exhibitions: 2011 ILLUMInations,the 54th International Art Exhibition – la Bienalle di Venezia, Venice; Falten, Searching for White, Rise above Reason, Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam; 2010 Taking Place, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (curated by Ann Goldstein); Invisible Shadows Images of Uncertainty, MARTa Herford Museum, Herford +cat; History of Art, David Roberts Art Foundation; Performative Attitudes, Kunsthaus Glarus, Switzerland; Up to You, Stroom, The Hague.

Prizes: 2010(won) the Charlotte Köhler Prize; (won) the Volkskrant Culture prize; (nominated) Mies van der Rohe-Stipendium – Kunstmuseen Krefeld.