M A R K O T U R U N E N
Turku Art Museum, Darkroom 15 September – 12 November 2017
Press preview on Thursday, 14 September 2017 at 11 am at Turku Art Museum (Aurakatu 26, Turku).
Opening on Thursday, 14 September, from 6 to 8 pm. The artist is present on both occasions. Welcome!
Marko Turunen’s ADHD-Sheik (2016) uses 29
short animations to draw a portrait of a social outcast, a fundamentally
smart and kind-hearted yet mentally unstable drug addict who has a
tendency to commit immoral acts and find himself in troublesome
situations. Brazen and shameless, Sheik lives in the moment, and his
choices seldom find acceptance among his fellow citizens, not to mention
the authorities. Difficulties keep piling up, and rarely without
Sheik’s own fault.
The animations of ADHD-Sheik are
based on true stories told to Turunen by an interviewee who has
requested to remain anonymous. Turunen has known ‘the Sheik’ for over 20
years, and over the years he has puzzled over many things about the
character. Questions that still remain unanswered include whether Sheik
really has several children with female millionaires and if he has truly
been a mercenary in Nigeria.
For an outsider, Sheik’s life
seems brutal and absurd, and his chauvinist and deranged opinions could
be described as politically incorrect to say the least. It is easy to
laugh at the stories, but the reality behind them is often far from
amusing. The ADHD-Sheik stories have also appeared as comic
books. Three volumes of the four-part series have been published to
date. The exhibition also includes Turunen’s drawings from 2015–2017.
Turunen (b. 1973), also known by his pen-name Superturunen, is a visual
artist, comics artist and illustrator. Currently living in Kotka, he
graduated from the Turku Drawing School in 1997. The most prominent part
of his output are comics that have won several awards and have been
translated into French, German and Italian.
Artist talk on Thursday, 14 September at 2 pm at Kuvateatteri, Turku Arts Academy (Linnankatu 54). Marko Turunen talks about his work and artistic practice in Finnish. Free admission.
For further information
Curator Annina Sirén
Tel. +358 2 2627 094 / +358 50 3568 800