Fatma Bucak, b. 1984, Turkey, lives and works in London and Istanbul.
Fatma Bucak, studied Philosophy in Istanbul University and Etching in Italy at the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts before completing an 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. Fatma Bucak, while investigating the irreversibility, tension and fragility of history, as well as the power of witness and memory, she often questions cultural and gender norms as well as history making.
Selected solo exhibitions include; Acts of Erasure (duo), with Krista Belle Stewart, Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, Canada (2020 – upcoming); A Colossus on Clay Feet, Italian Cultural Institute, New York, USA (2019); So as to find the strength to see, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Palermo, Italy (2018); A World of Ten Thousand Things, Pi Artworks Istanbul, Turkey (2018); So as to find the strength to see, Fondazione Merz, Turin, Italy (2018); Sticks and Stones, Pi Artworks London, UK (2017); And men turned their faces from there, Brown University, David Winton Bell Gallery, Rhode Island, USA (2016); Suggested place for you to see it, Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland (2016); I must say a word about fear, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy (2014); Yet an Other Story About the Fall, Arter, Istanbul, Turkey (2013).
Selected group exhibitions include; Good! Space-Communities, or the Promise of Happiness, Villa Merkel, Esslingen, Germany (2019); Videobox x Le Syndicat Magnifique, Le Carreau du Temple, Paris, France (2018); Goteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Goteborg, Sweden (2017); Meeting Points 8: Both sides of the curtain – Mophradat, Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon (2017); Lo Specchio Concavo, Baco Arte Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy (2016); International Festival of Non-Fiction Film and Media, MoMA, New York, USA (2015); Sights and Sounds: Turkey, Jewish Museum, New York, USA (2015); Bloomberg New Contemporaries 13, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London and Spike Island, Bristol, UK (2013); Manifesta 9 - Parallel Events, Genk, Belgium (2012); Cairo Award, La Permanente Museum, Milan, Italy (2011) and 54th Venice Biennale, Tese di San Cristoforo, Venice, Italy (2011).
Selected awards and art residencies include; International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York, USA (2018); La Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France (2017); Artpace San Antonio, Texas, USA (2015); Townhouse International Art Residency, Cairo, Egypt (2014); Illy Present Future Prize, Turin, Italy (2013); Damiani/Academy Now Prize, London, UK (2013); The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers Prize, London, UK (2012).