In his artistic practice, Viron Erol Vert probes and analyses – against the background of his own intercultural experiences – identity constructs and different aspects and perspectives related to the self and the other. His works are shaped by the state and atmosphere of an in-between existence, with the artist weaving various cultures, materials, languages, forms of expression, and life views into a hybrid, complementary identity.
For Ruhr Ding: Schlaf, Viron Erol Vert is transforming a vacant kiosk into a sculpture resembling a mobile by expanding the original architecture through modules, and by creating, through forms, colours, textures, and reflections, a place for encounter, daydreams, and ephemeral moments between everyday life and imagination. In terms of both content and form, he is alluding to the original function and etymology of the kiosk, a word originating from the Persian kūšk (pavilion, garden house) which ultimately made its way into modern Turkish as köşk.
Viron Erol Vert studied fashion design at ESMOD in Paris and at HTW University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, as well as visual arts at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, before becoming a master student in textile and surface design at the Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin. From July to December 2021, he was a resident artist in Mülheim at Makroscope – Zentrum für Kunst und Technik (Centre for Art and Technology) in the scope of Zu Gast bei Urbane Künste Ruhr.
Viron Erol Vert (*1975) grew up between northern Germany, Istanbul, and Athens. He meanwhile lives and works in Berlin and in the Mediterranean region.