Born in 1976, Batman, Turkey.
Lives and works in Örebro, Sweden.
The video artist Atay focuses on the conflicts; east and west, tradition and modernity, civil and military. His sincere and simplistic approach enables the audience with a wider apprehension of the smallest local issues. The artist approaches to diverse notions of the everyday life and reveals the redemptive potential of creativity. He uses paradoxes to question the political oppression, military intervention, the conjunction between local and global, tradition and experimentation. It is likely to see music as a form of rebellion and youthfulness as a symbol of hope. As it is impossible to get rid of our emotions while watching a video of Atay’s we mobilize and get lost in his sophisticated humor.
His work has been shown in international museums and art centers, including Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Castello di Rivoli, Torino, Italy; MAXXI, Roma, Italy; Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev, Ukrania; Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA; Hammer Museum, LA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Portikus, Frankfurt, New Museum, New York; MoMA PS1, New York, USA. He has been invited in important biennials as Sydney Biennial, Australia; Lyon Biennial, France; Istanbul Biennial, Turkey.
His video work is part of important museum collections including; Tate Modern, London, U.K.; Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France; Kadist Foundation, Paris, France; F.R.A.C Île-de-France, Paris; MACBA, Barcelona, Spain; MUDAM, Luxembourg; Istanbul Modern Museum, Turkey; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; MUSAC, Leon, Spain; France ; MACM, Montreal, Canada, Vehbi Koç Foundation, Istanbul, Turkey.
“I came to disturb you”, Gislaveds Konstahll (2019), “That, Around Which The Universe revolves (Chapter V)”, SAVVY Contemporary(2018), “10 years old”, Fondazione Fotografia Modena(2017), “House of Commons”, Portikus (2017), “Istanbul: Passion, Joy, Fury”, MAXXI(2016), “The ROCI Road to Peace: Experiments in the Unfamiliar”, Academy Art Museum, Easton(2015), “Destini/Storie/ Vite”CaMec, Italy (2014), “Paris Village”, Pilot, Istanbul, Turkey, “Manifesta - Unloop Kino”, St Petersburg, Russia (2014), “Attention Economy”, Kunsthalle Wien, Austria (2014),“Lines Made by Walking”, Haifa Museum of Art, Israel (2011), “Future Generation Art Prize@Venice”, Palazzo Papadopoli, Venice (2011) and “Starter, Selected Works from Vehbi Koç’s Contemporary Art Collection”, ARTER, İstanbul (2010) Fikret Atay, Viafarini, Milano, Italy (2010); Batman versus Batman, Outlet, Istanbul, Turkey (2009); Bonner Kunstverein, Germany (2008); Hammer Projects, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, U.S.A (2006); Le Plateau/Frac Île-de-France, Espace expérimental, Paris, France (2006); Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany (2005); Fikret Atay-Ursula Blickle videolounge, Kunsthalle, Wien, Austria (2005).