Navid Nuur

From the Collection | Poetic Faith (group show)
Museum of Contemporary Art (S.M.A.K.), Ghent
8 February – 3 May 2020

Navid Nuur’s work included in the edition „The Dutch Connection – A4 Multiple (5)“, S.M.A.K., Ghent, 2015. Photo: Dirk Pauwels, Collection S.M.A.K., Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent
Navid Nuur’s work included in the edition „The Dutch Connection – A4 Multiple (5)“, S.M.A.K., Ghent, 2015. Photo: Dirk Pauwels, Collection S.M.A.K., Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent

A person can never perceive truth and fiction at the same time. But there is such a thing as ‘poetic faith’ or the ‘suspension of disbelief’. This is a mechanism in our brains that automatically triggers a temporary suspension of our belief in rational, perceptible reality, thereby allowing us to believe in the fiction we encounter at that moment. Indeed, whilst reading a novel or watching a film, we ‘believe’ in the story, however implausible it might seem. ‘Poetic faith’ is considered an essential ingredient for storytelling of any kind.

Many art forms are, by definition, fictitious. That is why they require an act of ‘poetic faith’ or the ‘suspension of disbelief’. Unlike literature, poetry, theatre and film, contemporary visual art is frequently based on a non-linear chronology. Moreover, it also involves elaborate forms of abstraction and conceptualisation, which hinders the ‘suspension of disbelief’.

The exhibition ‘Poetic Faith’ can be seen as a tribute to the power of, and belief in, the imagination. It challenges us to set aside the faith we place in our own (rational) reality, thereby allowing us to perceive ‘impossible’ artworks as ‘perfectly possible’ at first sight.

With work by Shikh Sabbir Alam, Guillaume Bijl, Marie Cloquet, Leo Copers, Hanne Darboven, Thierry De Cordier, Markus Degerman, Jef Geys, Joseph Grigely, Jorge Macchi, Bruce Nauman, Navid Nuur, Panamarenko, Giulio Paolini, Mandla Reuter, Jason Rhoades, Gil Shachar, Nedko Solakov, Birde Vanheerswynghels, Jan Van Imschoot, Tamara Van San and Philippe Van Snick.

Museum of Contemporary Art (S.M.A.K.)


Navid Nuur

Hocus Focus (solo show)
Marta Herford Museum, Herford
26 January – 26 April 2020

Navid Nuur,
Navid Nuur, "Ohne Titel", 2007-13, selbst hergestellte Tusche, Badewasser des Künstlers, Filterpapier, 58 x 59,5 cm, Courtesy Navid Nuur, Plan B, Cluj/Berlin, Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam, Galerie Max Hetzler, Jahn und Jahn, München

The Iranian artist, Navid Nuur (born 1976 in Teheran, lives in Den Haag) engages in his work with fundamental questions of perception. He makes the invisible visible, and hones the consciousness for the small, nondescript things and processes in the world.
This exhibition is the first extensive presentation by the artist in Germany since 2009, and also includes some new productions. His paintings, sculptures, videos, photographs, text works and installations can be experienced as humorous and at the same time thought-provoking commentary and reflection of reality. With a playful wink of the eye and philosophical sophistication, the individual exhibition is aimed at guests of all age groups who want to join this artistic “materials researcher” on his quest to see the world with different eyes.

Marta Herford Museum, Herford

Navid Nuur et al.

Fragile Frontiers (group show)
YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Baku
22 November 2019 – 16 February 2020

Navid Nuur,
Navid Nuur, "The Stride", 2017-2018. Courtesy of the artist and YARAT Contemporary Art Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan.

YARAT announces the group exhibition "Fragile Frontiers", running from 22 November 2019 – 16 February 2020, presenting newly commissioned as well as recent works of 16 artists who view frontiers as precarious, ephemeral or frictional, arguing that no border – whether cultural, territorial or psychological – is completely durable. Examining the dilemma of borders within the Iranian context, alongside its neighbouring nations, the show raises questions about political identity as well as internal, interpersonal and international boundaries.

The exhibition’s title is taken from the essay "Fragile Frontiers: The Diminishing Domains of Qajar Iran" by Iranian Professor Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet, which outlines two types of frontier: literal, physical separation, and metaphorical, ‘cultural’ boundaries. The exhibition at YARAT sheds light on non-violent divisions between cultures– demarcations that nevertheless disrupt constructive dialogue, uproot collective consciousness and negate common history, faith and culture.

The exhibition is curated by Farah Piriye and Anna Fech.

YARAT Contemporary Art Space