Fondazione Merz | Fatma Bucak | So as to find the strength to see
a cura di Maria Centonze, Lisa Parola e Agata Polizzi
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 Fondazione Sardi per l’Arte, Fondazione Merz presents the first major museum show in Italy of artist Fatma Bucak.
Fatma Bucak’s work addresses themes such as political and gender identity, censorship, repression, expropriation, migration and state violence, that are of great contemporary pertinence, which the artist develops through installations, performances, photographs, videos and sound environments. Her belonging to the Kurdish minority is one of the elements that continues to inform her practice.
The exhibition, featuring site-specific installations, performance, sound, video, sculpture and photographs – many of which have been specially commissioned for the Fondazione Merz – continue the above themes.
Investigating the fragility, tension and irreversibility of history, the power of testimony and memory through a sequence of images, sound and performance, the artist creates a series of environments. These environments become the voice of forgotten stories, unexpressed thoughts of individuals excluded from history, of political and ethnic minorities, and socio-cultural structures in opposition to power.