Fatma Bucak was born in Iskenderun on the Turkey-Syria border and grew up in İstanbul. Bucak studied Philosophy at Istanbul University and History of Art and Etching in Italy at the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts, before completing her MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art, London. Her works in performance, photography, sound, and video, center on political identity, religious mythology, and landscape as a space of historical renegotiation. In her practice she often questions traditional forms of history-making as well as cultural and gender norms.
In 2017 Bucak was selected and commissioned to produce a new work for the Goteborg Biennial curated by Nav Haq. The same year she had a solo exhibition at Pi Artworks, London and at Harpe 45, Lausanne, and she collaborated with the Fondazione Sardi per lArte, Turin for a project room called Remains of what has not been said at the Università di Torino. She was part of a number of group exhibitions including at the Galeria Labirynt, Lublin and the Beirut Art Center. She was also a resident artist at the Cité International des Arts, Paris.
Between 2015 and 2016 the artist had solo exhibitions at Brown University David Winton Bell Gallery, USA, curated by Ian Alden Russell, Pori Museum, Finland curated by Anni Venalainen and Alberto Peola Arte Contemporanea, Turin. The same year she was a selected artist at the exhibition Sights and Sounds at the Jewish Museum, New York, curated by Emre Baykal. She was also invited to the Artpace international artist in residency in San Antonio where she had a solo exhibition, and had a further solo show at the Ryder Project, London.
In 2014 she exhibited her new work at Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin and was part of group shows at SALT Galata, Istanbul, and Galeria Arsenal, Bialystok, Poland. Alongside her residency at Townhouse International Art Residency, Cairo, she was the winner of the Illy Present Future Award, Artissima; Damiani Award/Academy Now, London; and The Worshipful Company of Painter Stainers Prize.
In 2013 she was selected as one of the winning artists for Bloomberg New Contemporaries and her selected works were exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London and Spike Island, Bristol. She was a selected artist for the Catlin Guide 2013 the most promising art graduates in the UK. She had a solo exhibition at ARTER, Istanbul and a group exhibition at the Contemporary Art Platform Gallery Space, Kuwait. She was selected for the 54th Venice Biennale, Tese di San Cristoforo Arsenale/Academies and was shortlisted for the Cairo Award at La Permanente Museum in Milan. Her video works were exhibited at the MoMA, New York Art, Non-fiction Film and Media screening programme; Art in General, New York; 51st Krakow Film Festival, Poland; and DOCSDF, Mexico. She also co-curated the Transition exhibition series at Yapi Kredi Kultur Sanat, Istanbul with Basak Senova.
In 2014, during her solo at Castello di Rivoli, she published an artist book called I must say a word about fear and in 2018, Bucaks exhibition So as to find the strenht to sees catalogue has been launched at Merz Foundation, Torina, Italy.
Fatma Bucak, b.1984, London, Istanbul. Major exhibitions include; So as to find the strength to see, Merz Foundation, Torino, Italy (2018); Sticks and Stones (solo), Pi Artworks London, UK (2017); Suggested place for you to see it (solo), Pori Art Museum, Finland (2016); International Festival of Non-Fiction Film and Media, MoMA, NY, USA (2015); Sights and Sounds: Turkey, Jewish Museum, NY, USA (2015); I must say a word about fear (solo) Castello di Rivoli, Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin, Italy (2014); Art in General Screening Programme, NY, USA (2014); Yet an Other Story About the Fall (solo), ARTER, Istanbul, Turkey (2013); Bloomberg New Contemporaries13, ICA, London, UK and Spike Island, Bristol, UK (2013); Manifesta 9 - Parallel Events, Genk, Belgian (2012); Cairo Award, La Permanente Museum, Milan, Italy (2011) and 54th Venice Biennale, Italy (2011). Selected awards and grants include; Illy Present Future Award, Turin, Italy (2013); Damiani Award/Academy Now Winner, London, UK (2013); Popoli e Relogioni Film Festival, Best Documentary Film Prize, Terni, Italy (2012); International Photography Award, Los Angeles, USA (2009); 4th Warsaw Festival of Art Photography, Special Jury Award, Sacred or Profane, Warsaw Poland (2008) and among others.
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