Joe Turpin is a South African visual artist. Born in Johannesburg in 1995, his practice focuses on narratives and semiotics charged and informed by history, and the physical expansion of painting as practice. “I am drawn to emergent conversations around decolonization and the position from which one creates, as well as how visual and symbolic form is ascribed to complexities within identity. It is here that my identity as a Jewish South African becomes principal and consequential to me in selecting sources that inform the visual and physical elements that comprise my work. I am interested in how these narratives then resonate within a wider social context. Turpin graduated from the University of the Witwatersand in 2018 with a degree (BA Hons) in Fine Art, and has participated in a variety of exhibitions and residencies internationally, as well as being featured in various online and printed publications.
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