Shan Turner-Carroll (b. AUS 1987) is an Australian artist of Burmese descent. Shan’s practice responds to both site and situation specificity, and integrates mediums including photography, sculpture, performance and film. The subjects his works have related to include both human and non-human nature, alternative forms of social exchange and interactions between art, artist and viewer. His practice questions current modes of living, and explores alternative methodologies and modes of education. A deep philosophy within his work is thinking through doing. Over the past three years his work has evolved from still photography into a multidisciplinary practice that corrodes the boundaries historical and behavioral conventions have erected between art and life. Shan uses the ritual of art making and its transformative agency to question how art can find meaning outside of the institution of the gallery. At the core of his practice is the conviction that art has a meaningful and active role within contemporary, industrial, globalized societies in which the paradigm of the individual is most present.
Shan was a finalist for the National Tertiary Art Prize and went on to win the Doctor Harold Schenberg Scholarship, Perth Institute Of Contemporary Art, Western Australia. Also in 2013, Shan received a University Medal with Honors (First Class) and was shortlisted for the Macquarie Group Emerging Artist award where he received the Nick Waterlow OAM Highly Commended Award for emerging artists. In 2012 he received the Jennie Thomas Travelling Art Scholarship to undertake research in Myanmar and Thailand. In 2014 he received an APA University Scholarship, which allowed him to complete an MFA (Fine Art) with The University of Newcastle where he also studied on exchange with Parsons School of design, The New School, NY. He was also awarded the Margaret Olley Memorial Scholarship for 2015.
In 2016 Shan was curated into The Auckland Festival of Photography as a featured international artist. He was commissioned to make new work for It’s Timely Too’ an exhibition in association with Blacktown Arts Centre, Sydney and The Lock Up Gallery, Newcastle. During the same year he was apart of a three-month artist in resident program with LungA School in Seydisfjördur, Iceland
Shan has exhibited throughout Australia, as well as in New York. New Zealand, Hong Kong and Myanmar. His work is in both public and private collections.