6 March – 20 May 2018
curated by Maria Centonze e Lisa Parola
opening 6 March 2018 at 7 pm
Fondazione Merz, Torino
In collaboration with the Fondazione Sardi per l’Arte, the Fondazione Merz presents the first major museum show in Italy to be dedicated to Fatma Bucak, in an unprecedented exhibition comprising photographic, audio and video works, performance and sculpture, some of which made for the occasion.
Fatma Bucak grew up in Istanbul and was born in Iskenderun, a small town in the south of Turkey very close to the border with Syria. Belonging to the Kurdish minority is one of the elements that has led Fatma Bucak to work on issues such as political and gender identity, state violence, state violence, censorship, repression, expropriation, migration and religious mythology.
In the exhibition created for the Fondazione Merz, the artist brings together all the extremely evocative elements that make up her research by investigating, through a sequence of images, sound references and actions, the duality of thought, the fragility, the tension and the reversibility of history, and the power of direct witnesses and memory.
The artist creates an itinerary made up of works that become the voice of forgotten chronicles, narrations of unexpressed thoughts, the re-examination of “individualities” excluded from history, of political or ethnic minorities, of women and socio-cultural structures in opposition to power.