T.J. Demos, Kutluğ Ataman: The Art of Storytelling

(Taken from the catalogue of Kutluğ Ataman’s ‘The Enemy Inside Me’ exhibition at İstanbul Modern between 10 November, 2010 and 6 March, 2011)

Available on Ataman’s website here, this article is a true analysis of the filmmaker’s work and not obfuscated with high-brow terminology and hyperbole. The author first of all points out that Ataman’s films are part of a vogue that has been ongoing since the mid 90s, where artists have been engaged in challenging accepted parameters of documentary (objectivity, truthfulness) while simultaneously “…refusing to surrender film’s capacity to represent and construct meaningful social reality“; Continue reading “T.J. Demos, Kutluğ Ataman: The Art of Storytelling”

Ana Finel Honigman, What the Structure Defines: An Interview with Kutlug Ataman

This interview first appeared in Art Journal, Vol. 63, No. 1 (Spring, 2004), pp 79-86, and is available on Ataman’s website. As always, I prefer to read the artist’s own words since they generally give greater insight into what their work is about rather than reading critics and curators, who have a tendency for over-interpretation and hyperbole. Continue reading “Ana Finel Honigman, What the Structure Defines: An Interview with Kutlug Ataman”

Kutluğ Ataman

I’m always interested in how things are constructed. How identities are constructed, how communities are constructed, how history, geography, art is constructed.” – Kutluğ Ataman

Ataman uses documentary tradition to get his point across, but at the same time he is revealing the misconceptions about truth and objectivity in documentary narratives, as well as the layers of meaning and reality in other media. Continue reading “Kutluğ Ataman”