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Performance: Nora Turato—pool 6

Sat, Apr 13 | 2:00–3:00

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A black-and-white photograph shows the Art Institute of Chicago's Fullerton Hall, an auditorium with a proscenium stage. The stage portion boasts an ornate semi-dome ceiling.

 Interior of Fullerton Hall, the Art Institute of Chicago, c. 1900.

Artist Nora Turato explores the anxiety that permeates wellness and self-optimization in a new monologue, pool 6. Drawing from the vernacular of self-improvement, which has widely circulated online and seeped into daily life, pool 6 explores the relationship between perception and well-being.

The piece marks the first time Turato has incorporated multiple personas within a performance. By embodying these different voices, she taps into a stream of collective unconsciousness to reveal shared experiences of anxiety and insecurity. In preparation for the performance, the artist draws on her practice of vocal and gestural training sessions with voice coach Julie Adams. She also engages in neurofeedback, hypnosis, holotropic breathwork, and other therapeutic techniques. 

Presented in the Art Institute of Chicago’s Fullerton Hall, pool 6 places itself in conversation with the unique history of the space, which visitors can learn more about here.

pool 6 was commissioned by Performa for the Performa Biennial 2023, where it was originally titled “Cue the Sun.”

Experience more of Turato’s work from the Chicago Riverwalk, nightly April 12–June 5, where her monumental video projection THIS IS A TEST OF SEVERANCE: can you let go? will be on view as part of Art on the Mart. 

About the Artist

Nora Turato (born 1991, Zagreb, Croatia) lives and works in Amsterdam. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at Spruth Magers, Berlin (2023); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2022); 52 Walker/David Zwirner, New York (2022); Secession, Vienna (2021); MGLC: International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana (2020); Sammlung Philara, Düsseldorf (2020); Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto (2019); Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz (2019); and Beursschouwburg, Brussels (2019). Turato is an incisive observer of meaning—and its absence—in a linguistic era determined by the rapid pace of online life.

Please note that this is an in-person event that takes place at the museum.

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