Long Streams. The retrospective exhibition Kutlug Ataman. Long Streams will present a total of seven works of which the first dates back to 1997. Kutlug Ataman holds up a mirror to all of us in his filmed collages of human fates. Through his acclaimed camera lens we see different individuals as they stage themselves in order to express their identities.
Life in the lense
This years major exhibition at Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, will present the works of internationally recognised Turkish video artist and film director Kutlug Ataman. Kutlug Ataman (* 1961) has made a name for himself at several international exhibitions, most recently at Documenta 11 in Kassel. But in spite of the international attention, this will be the first time his works will be shown in Denmark.
The Danish audience now has the unique opportunity to see not only the work from Documenta, but also his collected production up to now. The retrospective exhibition Kutlug Ataman. Long Streams will present a total of seven works of which the first dates back to 1997.
Kutlug Ataman holds up a mirror to all of us in his filmed collages of human fates.
Through his acclaimed camera lens we see different individuals as they stage themselves in order to express their identities. The people in Kutlug Atamanss works are extremely talkative, their narratives go on for quite a while ' and always about themselves. As in the film Never My Soul about an ex-prostituted transvestite in which we are invited to take a look at this particular version of reality as it can be seen on six monitors. Or in the video installation Women Who Wear Wigs in which we see four different women who talk about why they wear wigs.
Real Kutlug Ataman fans can look forward to the over seven hours long video installation semiha b. unplugged. In this we meet the legendary Turkish opera diva Seminha Berksoy who was born in Istanbul in 1910. The intense interview at one and the same time reflects the birth of modern Turkey and one womans attempts to understand her life in terms of love as well as art. With a keen sense of the theatrical, Semiha Berksoy recites former roles, goes through a number of costume changes and entertains us with stories about her childhood, her parents and ' not least ' her lovers.
In the video installation The 4 Seasons of Veronica Read, currently being shown at Documenta, we meet the lover of flowers Veronica Read who barricades herself in her tiny flat with an enormous collection of amaryllis bulbs. She tends to her flowers and at great length informs us about botany in a both humorous and moving tale of desire and obsession.
This exhibition will also see the premiÃ¨re of two brand new works, 1+1=1 and 99 Names. The latter work has been made specifically for the large nave of the art center.
The exhibition will open to the public as a part of the Night of Culture on October 11.
Kutlug Ataman. Long Streams is supported by the Kulturbro Foundation and is a part of Kulturbro 2002.
Int he image:'The 4seasons of Veronica Read', 4screen video installation, london, 2002.
An exhibition catalogue will be published with contributions by lecturer Rune Gade, American art historian Laura Hoptmann and Elisabeth Delin Hansen, director of Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center.
Nikolaj Contemporary Art Center