Lives and works between London and Istanbul.
Born in Turkey, Fatma 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. Investigating the fragility, tension and irreversibility of history, the power of testimony and memory. In her practice, she often questions traditional forms of history-making as well as cultural and gender norms.
In 2018, she had a solo exhibition, So as to find the strength to see, at Merz Foundation, Turin, Italy. Bucak was selected and commissioned to produce a new work for the Goteborg Biennial curated by Nav Haq. In 2017, she had a solo exhibition at Pi Artworks London, and at Harpe 45 Lausanne, and she collaborated with the Fondazione Sardi per lArte in 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, BACO, Bergamo. She was also a resident artist at the Cité International des Arts in Paris.
Between 2015 and 2016, the artist had solo exhibitions at Brown University David Winton Bell Gallery in the USA, curated by Ian Alden Russell, Pori Museum in Finland curated by Anni Venalainen and Alberto Peola Arte Contemporanea in 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 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 program; Art in General, New York; 51st Krakow Film Festival, Poland; and DOCSDF, Mexico. She also co-curated the Transition exhibition series at Yapı Kredi Kültür Sanat, Istanbul with Basak Senova.
Fatma Bucak, b.1984, London, Istanbul. Solo exhibitions include: So as to find the strength to see, Merz Foundation, Torino, Italy (2018); Sticks and Stones, Pi Artworks London, UK (2017); Damascus Rose, Harpe 45, Lausanne, Switzerland (2017); And men turned their faces from there, Brown University David Winton Bell Gallery, USA (2016); Suggested place for you to see it, Pori Art Museum, Finland (2016); Nothing is in its own place, Alberto Peola Gallery, Turin, Italy (2015); Over a line, darkly, Artpace, San Antonio, Texas, USA (2015); I must say a word about fear, Castello di Rivoli, Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin, Italy (2014); Yet an Other Story About the Fall, ARTER, Istanbul, Turkey (2013). Major group exhibitions and screenings include: GIBCA Goteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (2017); Meeting Points 8: Both sides of the curtain Mophradat, Beirut Art Center (2017); Lo Specchio Concavo, BACO, Bergamo, Italy (2016); International Festival of Non-Fiction Film and Media, MoMA, New York, USA (2015); Sights and Sounds: Turkey, Jewish Museum, NY, USA (2015); Art in General Screening Programme, NY, USA (2014); Bloomberg New Contemporaries 13, ICA, London and Spike Island, Bristol, UK (2013); Manifesta 9 - Parallel Events, Genk, Belgian (2012). Selected awards and art residencies include: Cairo Award, La Permanente Museum, Milan, Italy (2011) and 54th Venice Biennale - Tese di San Cristoforo, Italy (2011). ISCP New York (2018); La Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2017); Artpace San Antonio, Texas (2015); Townhouse International Art Residency, Cairo (2014); Illy Present Future Award, Italy (2013); Damiani Award/Academy Now Award, London, UK (2013); The Worshipful Company of Painter Stainers Prize award, London (2012).