Fikret Atay at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery

December 29, 2010 - February 1, 2011
Jonathan Ferrara Gallery
400A Julia Street

For a diehard music fan, the hardest adjustment of all is the silence that descends when the band has finished playing and the lights are turned back up. In the absence of music, other senses fill the void. This exhibition looks at the paradoxical phenomenon of hearing music when nobody is playing.

Fikret Atay- Artist Statement

I was born in Batman in 1976. I am a graduate of Dicle University Fine Arts Faculty. I live in a town where it is practically impossible to produce art. I get more pleasure from producing art in the context of the impossible than I would producing in the metropolitan context. Difficulty plus success is perhaps the starting point of the most wonderful and powerful work. To penetrate daily life, to find the depth of the time in the moment, to reflect this in the town in which one lives and to struggle for understanding…these are the difficulties faced in producing art in this town. Am I able to decode the passwords? Can the codes change? Could the Chaos of communication achieve a balance? These are the questions that seek to break out. Being alone in Batman is to not exist. One only lives while working, as if life is concentrated into the making of a ninety minute film. When one’s work travels to the ‘center’ it’s as though this film is being screened. When the film is over existence ends. Yet here life goes on.  And I live here.

Fikret Atay
Text published in the catalogue of Istanbul Biennale, 2003

Theorists, 2008
Colour video, sound
3 min 34
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel

The video work Theorists has as its theme the religious education of the youth in Turkey. In order to imprint the daily lessons in religion better in their mind, the youths repeat the subject matter after school. The pupils, up to fifty strong, chant out loud while circling the room. Since none pays attention to the rhythm of the others when reciting, a discordant babble is the result.

Fikret Atay in his work underlines the contradictions that are associated with such teaching practices and sharpens our consciousness for the problematics of a strict religious upbringing. Also interesting is the question of the effects that physical activity and movement, such as walking and talking, have on the processes of learning and understanding.

Anna Dietz, Bonner Kunstverein

Spring Fever, 2006
Colour video, sound
2 min 50
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel

Born 1976, Batman, Turkey.
Lives and works in Batman, Turkey.

Solo Exhibitions
Fikret Atay, Viafarini, Milano, Italy.
King of the Ring, La Chaufferie, E.N.S.A.D., Strasbourg, France.
Batman versus Batman, Outlet, Istanbul, Turkey.
Bonner Kunstverein, Germany.
Site Gallery, Sheffield, U.K.
Hammer Projects, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
Le Plateau/Frac Île-de-France, Espace expérimental, Paris, France.
Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany.
Maison de l’Architecture, Paris, France.
Sonidos lejanos/Distant Sound, MUSAC, Leon, Spain.
Fikret Atay-Ursula Blickle videolounge, Kunsthalle, Wien, Austria.
Index, Stockholm, Sweden.
Büro Friedrich, Berlin, Germany.

Group Exhibitions
Are you a lucky artist?, Palazzo dei Musei, Biblioteca civica d’arte Luigi Poletti, Modena, Italy.
About us, Johann König Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
Starter, works from the Vehbi Koç Foundation Contemporary Art Collection, Arter, Istanbul, Turkey.
Whales and Eels, VeSch, Vienna, Austria.
Kick Off, Kunsthallen Nikolaj, Copenhagen, Denmark.
We Won’t Stop Singing, Mestna Galerija, Ljubljiana, Slovenia.
New Wave, Sommer Contemporary Art Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Linguaggi e sperimentazioni. Giovani artisti in una collezione contemporanea, MART, Rovereto, Italy.
Project Europa: Imagining the (Im)Possible, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida, U.S.A.
Not eay to save the world, Tanas, Berlin, Germany.
First Image, Macedonian Museum for Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Aftermath, 25th Alexandria Biennale for Mediterranean Countries, Cairo, Egypt.
The Rustle of Language, Francesca Kaufmann Gallery, Milan, Italy.
24 hours Petroleum, Batman, Turkey.
ARTLV 09, Tel Aviv, Israël.
The Spectacle of the everyday, Lyon Biennial, Lyon, France.
Monitaur, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, U.S.A.
Make, shift & Bend, Cafe Gallery Projects, London, U.K.
Time out of joint, Recall and evocation in recent art, The Kitchen, New York, U.S.A.
L’Argent, Le Plateau, Paris, France.
My Space. Cosa vuol dire ‘pubblico’?, PAN - Palazzo delle Arti di Napoli, Naples, Italy.
I refuse to become what you call normal, Outlet, Istanbul, Turkey.
Home ?, figures des migrations, Galerie Villa des Tourelles, Nanterre, France.
E-Flux Video Rental, The Building, Berlin, Germany.
The Greenroom: reconsidering the documentary and contemporary art, CCS Bard Hessel Museum, Bard College,
Annandale-on-Hudson, U.S.A.
Open sky, spaces beoynd their practice, Castle of Kalsdorf, Ilz, Austria.
Sampling, Centre of popular art and traditions, Athens, Greece.
Glasgow International, The Local, SWG3 Studios, Glasgow, U.K.
Permanent Green/Verde Permanente, Isola Art Center, Milano, Italy.
GLOBAL YOUTH 2.0, Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabruck, Germany.
After Nature, New Museum, New York, U.S.A.
Revolutions: Selected works from the collection of Isabelle and Jean-Conrad Lemaître, University Art Gallery, University
of California, San Diego, U.S.A.
Résidents, Espace Electra, Paris, France.
Not Only Possible, But Also Necessary: Optimism in the Age of Global War, Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey.
Cuestión Xeneracional (Generational Issue), Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela,
Documentary FilmPlatform ZONE, MuHKA_media, Antwerp, Belgium.
Geopoéticas, Centro José Guerrero, Granada, Spain.
Hammer Projects, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
Charged Space, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, U.S.A.
L’usage du monde, Musée Art moderne et Contemporain, Rijeka, Croatia.
Territory, Vproject ancity Theater, Vancouver, Canada.
EurHope 1153 – Contemporary Art from the Bosphorus, Villa Manin, Passariano, Italy.
Painting Ruins, Afghan Foundation for Culture & Civil Society, Kabul, Afghanistan.
Bühne des Lebens - Rhetorik des Gefühls, Lenbachhaus München, Münich, Germany.
Zones of contact, Sydney Biennial, Sydney, Australia.
Glasgow International, Tramway, Glasgow, U.K.
The Pantagruel Syndrome, Torinotriennale tremusei, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Torino,
More Than This! Negotiating Realities, Göteborg Biennial, Göteborg, Sweden.
The Gesture, A Visual library in progress, Macedonian Museum Of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki Greece;
Quarter, The New Center of Contemorary Art, Florence, Italy.
Land Marks, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France.
The Invisible Insurrection of a Million Minds, Sala Rekalde, Bilbao, Spain.
Critical Societies, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany.
See What Happens, Narrative structures in recent film and video works, Halle Für Kunst eV, Lüneburg, Germany.
Der neue Orient, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany.
Sonidos Lejanos / Distant Sounds, Laboratorio 987, MUSAC, Léon, Spain.
Around the corner, Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisboa, Portugal.
Ethnic Marketing, Centre d’art Contemporain, Genève, Switzerland.
Time Zones : recent film and video, Tate Modern, London, U.K.
Adaptive Behaviour, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, U.S.A.
Emotion Eins, Frankfurter Kusntverein, Frankfurt, Germany.
Quicksand, De Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Busan Biennial, Busan, South Korea.
Love it or leave it, Cetinje Biennial, Cetinje, Montenegro.
Pontevedra Biennial, Pontevedra, Spain.
Hilchot Shchenim Chapter I, The Israëli Centre for Digital Art, Holon, Israël.
Geographies #3, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France.
Poetic Justice, Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey.
MEDIROM Project, Tirana Biennial, Albania.
U- Topos, 2nd Tirana Biennial, National Gallery of Arts, Tirana, Albania.
In den Schluchten des Balkans, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany.
I`m too Sad to Kill You, Proje4L, Museum of Contemporary Art Istanbul, Turkey.
Undesire, Apexart Curatorial Program, New York, U.S.A.
Under the Beach: The Pavement, Apex Art, New York, U.S.A.
Screening Program
And the moral of the story is…, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Festival Plastique Danse Flore, Jardin du Potager du Roi, Versailles, France.
Bad boys, Castle of Acciaiolo – Scandicci, Firenze, Italy.
Videoist 2010, Kartal Bülent Ecevit Kültür Merkezi, Kartal, Turkey.
Hay algo de revolucionario en todo esto, Sala Parpallo, Valencia, Spain.
Musée International de la Parfumerie, Grasse, France.
S1 Artspace, Scheffield, U.K.
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, U.K.
Marres, Maastricht, Netherlands.
Courtisane 04 – International Festival for Short Film, Video and New Media, Ghent, Belgium.
Public Collection
Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
F.R.A.C Alsace, Sélestat, France
Tate Modern, London, U.K.
MUDAM, Luxembourg
MUSAC, Leon, Spain
MACM, Montréal, Canada
F.R.A.C Île-de-France, Paris, France
GOOAALL !!, 2009
Theorists, 2008
Holiwuut, 2007
Spring Fever, 2006
Any Time Prime Time, 2004
Tinica, 2004
Lalo’s Story, 2004
Bang Bang !, 2003
Rebels of the Dance, 2002
Fast & Best, 2002

Group Exhibition Catalogues
Languages and experimentations Young Artists in a contemporary collection, Catalogue published by Museo di
Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto., Italy 2010.
Relational Objects, MACBA Collection, 2002-2007. MACBA, 2010
The Art of Tomorrow, published by Distanz Verlag, Berlin.
Are you a lucky artist?, O Fondazione Fotografia, Milano, 2010
Projecy Europa: Imagining the (im)Possible, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville,
2010, USA.
After Nature. New York: New Museum, 2008.
Geopoliticas (El video como documento del lugar). Granada: Centro Jose Guerrero, 2007.
Istanbul Biennal. Istanbul: 2007.
Eurhope 1153. Villa Manin: Contemporary Art from the Bosphorus, 2006.
Vasif Kortun “Fikret Atay.” Sydney: Zones of Contact 2006 Biennal of Sydney, 2006.
The invisible insurrection of a million minds. Bilbao: Sala Rekalde, 2005.
Around the corner. Lisboa: Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, 2005.
La sindrome di Pantagruel. Torino: T1 Triennale Tremusei, 2005.
Der neue Orient. Düsseldorf: Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, 2005.
Time zones. London: Tate Modern, 2004.
Quicksand. Amsterdam: De Appel, 2004.
Busan Biennial. Busan: 2004.
Cetinje Biennial. Montenegro: 2004.
Pontevedra Biennial. Spain: 2004.
Poetic Justice. 8th International Istanbul Biennial (Curator: Dan Cameron). Istanbul: 2003.
Tirana Biennial 2, Tirana: 2003.
In den Schluchten des Balkans (Curated by René Block). Kassel: Kunsthalle Fridericianum, 2003.
Möntmann, Nina, “Not easy, to Save the World in 90 Days, Tanas”, Art Forum, April 2010, pp.210-211
Fau, Alexandra, “Fikret Atay, la résistance au quotiden”, Art absolument, Mars/avril 2010.
Rehber, Vivian. “10th Biennale de Lyon.” Frieze (January/February 2010): pp. 110 – 111.
“Index of artists.” Exit 2008.
Kent, Sarah. “10th Istanbul Biennal.” Modern Painters Dec. 2007-Jan. 2008.
“Fikret Atay.” Press Release Site Gallery Sheffield, 2007.
Kortun, Vasif. “Fikret Atay.” Catalogue Biennale d’Istanbul 2007.
Alvarez Reyes, Juan Antonio. “Fikret Atay.” Catalogue Cuestion Xeracional, Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporaneo,
Santiago de Compostela 2007.
Mac Giolla Léith, Caoimhín. “Emerging Artists.” Frieze Jan.-Feb. 2006.
Smolik, Noemi. “Fikret Atay.” Artforum Apr. 2006.
Kortun, Vasif. “Fikret Atay.” Hammer Projects 24 Jan.-19 Apr. 2006.
Pagel, David. “Little lessons in joy.” Los Angeles Times 19 Feb. 2006.
“Fikret Atay.” Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, 2005.
De Wachter, Ellen Mara. “London: Tate Modern.” Contemporary 2005.
Dorment, Richard. “Moving images.” The Daily Telegraph 27 Oct. 2004.
“Fikret Atay.” Press Release of Index Stockholm, 2004.
Ekroth, Power. “Fikret Atay, Index.” Artforum 2004.
Greve, Martin. “Pschia, Bang Bang.” Zitty Mar. 2004.
Godfrey, Mark. “Another Time, Another Space.” Tate Etc. Autumn 2004.
Colour video, sound
4 min
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel