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Fatma Bucak, "Fantasies of Violence"

Fatma Bucak is invited to the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (9 September–19 November 2017) titled “WheredoIendandyoubegin – On Secularity” curated by Nav Haq. SAHA provided support for the production of the new work by Fatma Bucak.

Fatma Bucak’s installation “Fantasies of Violence” comprises of 117 double-sided, zinc printing plates, each of which is etched with abstract markings derived from representations of violence. These images have been taken out from recent newspapers that the artist has collected, from Turkey, France and America. The abstraction of the markings breaks the images down into the basic compositional lines—as if to find the ‘bones’ of the image. This is a way for the artist to reach the reality behind the represented violence, and address how our perception of it is communicated.

On the reverse face, the plates show the acid erosion produced during the etching of the images onto the metal, which was achieved using the intaglio technique that the artist has had specialized training in. The fine lines of the anterior etchings are contrasted with the consumed raw metal on the back. These numerous plates are not actually being used to print onto paper, but instead become the focus of the work. The use of metal is an important aspect of the installation, being a cold and clinical material that can itself be used for weaponry.

Participating artists: Alexander Tovborg, Archivo F.X. in collaboration with Bassam El Baroni & Pedro G. Romero with the participation of Doris Hakim, Yassine Chouati & Equipe Media, Basim Magdy, Dimitri Venkov, Etel Adnan, Fahd Burki, Fatma Bucak, Francesc Ruiz, Haegue Yang, Haseeb Ahmed & Daniel Baird, Hilma af Klint, Jens Haaning, Joakim Forsgren, Jonas Staal, The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Maddie Leach, Michèle Matyn, Måns Wrange/OMBUD, Olivia Plender, Public Movement, Riikka Kuoppala, Rose Borthwick, Santiago Mostyn, Saskia Holmkvist, Ellen Nyman & Corina Oprea, Shilpa Gupta, Sille Storihle, Vector.

About Fatma Bucak

Fatma Bucak (Iskenderun) graduated from the Royal College of Art in London with a MA in Photography. Bucak also studied Graphics at the Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti and Philosophy at the Istanbul University.

Bucak's works bring together performance, video and photography and portray observations from reality as well as constructed fictional and mythological frames. In her works, a certain stance of sexual identity brings various stories that carry truth and political power into a mise en scene. Within this view, issues such as male dominance, religion, cultural displacement, presence and absence are tackled with a clearly pragmatic approach. Fatma Bucak lives and works in London and Istanbul.

About the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art

Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA) is held every second year and has today become one of the leading art biennials in the Nordic region. With the eight biennials that have taken place since the start in 2001, GIBCA has established itself as one of Sweden’s biggest art events and is internationally seen as one of the young and exciting biennials in Europe.

To each of its new editions, GIBCA invites one or several internationally practicing curators to enter in a dialogue with the city of Gothenburg, its citizens, people interested in art and artists around the globe. On the basis of a current chosen theme, the visitors as well as the art world are offered an experience of art at its best.