SAHA provides support for Fatma Bucak’s new project for “A Knot in the Throat: Foraging For A Vanishing Present” at Kunsthalle Exnergasse, curated by Livia Alexander and Işın Önol, held on 9 September – 9 October 2021. The throat – the passageway that ferries a perpetual cargo of air, food, and words – is under constant duress as the access point to the essential constituents of its precious load: Breathing, eating, and speaking take on new meanings and perils at every turn of environmental shifts and political violence. Imagining the exhibition space as a living-breathing throat, the curators forge an organic space where artistic research can form new communities around shared concerns, and spill into Vienna as an urban laboratory for the study and exploration of total cohabitation.
Participants: Fatma Bucak, Silvina Der Meguerditchian, SPURSE + FLOURISH LAB + BLOCK ECOLOGY, Stefanie Wuschitz
About Fatma Bucak
Fatma Bucak 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 Kunsthalle Exnergasse
The Kunsthalle Exnergasse (KEX) in the WUK Werkstätten- und Kulturhaus in Vienna is an open platform and exhibition space for the presentation and realization of projects belonging to innovative, experimental and contemporary art in different formats and forms. The exhibition programme is selected by an Advisory Panel in cooperation with Kunsthalle Exnergassse. Interdisciplinary events are held within the programme of exhibitions in the 400 square meter space, such as symposiums, lectures, readings, concerts and catalogue presentations.