Paradise by Kutlug Ataman

The sculptural installation Paradise (2007) follows on from Atamanís seminal work Kuba (2005). The artistís interest in storytelling, identity and community functionality continues as he presents twenty-four video portraits of residents from Orange County, Southern California. Each participant, including the oldest clown in the world, a wedding planner, car and star-obsessed teenagers, and the Laughing Yoga Institute of Laguna Beach, talks candidly and openly to the viewer.

Also on display in the exhibition is Atamanís Stefanís Room (2004), an individual portrait of Stefan Naumann from Berlin, Germany. This five-screen installation concentrates on Stefanís all-consuming obsession with over 30,000 tropical moths which he has collected in his tiny apartment. This playful installation gives an insight into the complexity of Stefanís fixation and the transformation he wishes to personally undertake.

A third installation, Turkish Delight is a single-screen video work and the first performance piece featuring the artist himself. Ataman, donning a wig and in the guise of a belly dancer, is shown shimmying and dancing. While the act is meant to attract, the dancerís soul and unengaged demeanour ultimately convey the opposite: her disinterest in the beholder. Though repelled by the beholder, she nevertheless needs him to sustain herself. Consequently, the dancer is both a tragic and comic character. The piece, a semi-fictitious self-portrait, also touches upon notions of the Westís ďgazeĒ towards Turkey and its definitions of the ďexoticĒ.

Kutlug Ataman will be giving a free talk about his work at 3.15pm, Wed 5 Mar at the Mitchell and Kenyon Cinema, University of Central Lancashire, Preston. Places are strictly limited and must be booked. Please inquire at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery Shop on 01772 905414.

Paradise is commissioned by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, and Treaty of Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands, the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston, UK, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, USA, the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, USA, and the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada. Paradise is produced by Saatleri Ayarlama EnstitŁsŁ/ The Institute for the Readjustment of Clocks, Istanbul, Turkey.
Paradise by Kutlug Ataman


Event Title: Paradise by Kutlug Ataman
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