How Nora Turato Is Using Her Spoken Voice As Bold Feminist Art


Artist Nora Turato is using her spoken voice to break taboos of what a woman sounds like. With graphic visuals as her backdrop, she performs passion-filled monologues in museum halls, galleries, and churches. After growing up in a post-war Croatia, Turato found a place the punk music scene which eventually led her to study art, where she found her bold voice. Still, audiences (especially male), are sometimes taken aback by her powerful command, showing that many parts of the world are not ready to listen to a woman take control. Turato says, “Hysteria is still taboo—no one wants to be seen as hysterical. You do so much by just doing that.”

For Further Reading

Nora Turato is working on two upcoming shows opening in 2019, one in Brussels and the other in Liechtenstein. To watch one of her performances, visit here.

Discussion Question

Have you ever felt that a man has not respected your voice unless it was passive? Why do we as a society encourage women to hold back and not speak boldly?

Action Item

Write your own personal monologue like Turato. It can be as short or as long as you want it to be. Feel free to perform it in front of friends or in front of your mirror and practice ways in which you would like your voice to be heard.


Read more on Artnet | Image: Nora Turato, Pool 2 (2018). Images from the opening of Nora Turato’s exhibition "Pool 2" on September 14, 2018 at UKS (Unge Kunstneres Samfund / Young Artists’ Society), Oslo, Courtesy of the artist and UKS (Unge Kunstneres Samfund / Young Artists’ Society); Photo credit: Jan Khür.