Fatma Bucak: GOOD SPACE — COMMUNITIES, OR THE PROMISE OF HAPPINESS, curated by Andreas Baur, Julia Herrmann, Johannes Kaufmann and Anka Wenzel

2 June - 1 September 2019

Fatma Bucak is Participating with her video installation "Suggested Place for You to See it" in GOOD SPACE — COMMUNITIES, OR THE PROMISE OF HAPPINESS  alnog with other internationally active artists namely Martha Atienza,  Melanie Gilligan, Mikhail Karikis, Mary Reid Kelley & Patrick Kelley, Frédéric Moser & Philippe Schwinger, Gabriela Oberkofler, Katrin Plavčak, Tabita Rezaire, Julika Rudelius, Lin May Saeed, Rob Voerman and Alberto Zamora Ruíz.

‘Perhaps he is guilty and believes that he deserves this as punishment. Look, she is getting angry…’ comments a group of thirteen more or less elderly women with regard to what they are observing in a video entitled Suggested Place for You to See It. The women, whose traditional dress indicates that they come from various regions of Turkey, are sitting in the desolate landscape of a saline lake and watching a theatrical spectacle or a performative action — and we are able to observe them precisely in a mirrored view. In their commentaries, they compare the apparently unusual actions they are witnessing with the contexts of their instances of cultural socialisation and allow us, in the space of our own imagination, to comprehend the performance of the artist Fatma Bucak. And at another point comes this dialogic exchange: ‘They are playing “the woman gets the best of the man.”’— ‘Yes, but I wonder why?’

The sound installation Enduring Nature of Thoughts builds a bridge to the aleatory compositional principles of experimental music. Dozens of enamelled bowls which are placed on low-lying pedestals give rise to a subtle acoustic space, somewhat like the start of a gentle rain — here a cling, there a clang, somewhat further a cling-clang-cling… A soundscape spreads out at random: restrained but compelling the attention, poetical yet actively including the observers. And forming a pack on a formal level? Truly a community.