Dan Turner is an artist and educator from London, a Romani born in Kent. Dan trained at St Martins School of Art where he completed a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art (Sculpture). He works across media, including sculpture, video and painting.
Dan’s practice explores the interaction between Romany and mainstream culture through themes of commercial interchange in Romani life. He is interested in how human life can be defined and archived through made objects, and how these objects communicate across timelines through a shared ‘material’ culture and articulate that culture to a wider audience. Using transactional objects which have significance across both cultures, Turner examines how Gypsy, Roma and Traveller cultures meet and interact with the dominant culture. Working with migration maps of Roma diasporas, and using traditional crafts and occupations such as herbalism, peg and wooden flower making, and fortune telling, Turner re-imagines Roma past, present and future to challenge mainstream culture’s view of Roma identities.
His work “Seeds of Healing” was shown in FUTUROMA at the Venice Biennale 2019.
He is currently exhibiting in Wales, in the Gypsy Maker Project, supported by the Romani Cultural and Arts Company, and in Berlin at the Kaidikhas Gallery.
More information on Dan’s practice, and all our studio artists, can be found on our Studio Artists page