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MJ Turpin

b. Johannesburg, 1982

MJ Tuprpin was born in Johannesburg, in 1982, where he currently lives and works. He holds a degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand and he is the director of Kalashnikov Gallery in Braamfontein.


Turpin’s work examines contemporary forms of escapism such as the internet, drug addiction and religion. His work explores space and cyberspace as tools used to avoid reflecting on race, gender, class and sexual orientation in contemporary South Africa.


He has exhibited at FNB Joburg Art Fair, Turbine Art Fair and in a number of group shows at the Goodman Gallery, Nirox Project Space and La Gaite Lyrique, Paris among others. Turpin has also exhibited two solo shows Escape from Self and Escape from Self 2 in 2014 and 2015 respectively at Kalashnikov Gallery. Turpin will presented his third solo exhibition at Hazard Gallery in April 2017.

Channeling the Material IV 

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