Born in Batman (Turkey), 1976Lives & works in Batman (Turkey) Very active in: 2000s, Current decade
Fikret Atay studied fine arts in the University Dicle (Diyarbakin, Turkey). He has participated in international biennials such as the 8th Istanbul Biennial, the 2nd Tirana Biennial (Albania) and has done several group and individual exhibitions. He has also participated in the Apexart Curatorial Program of New York.
The work of Fikret Atay, principally based on the video, speaks to us about this rupture of borders between different cultures; as well as about communication and certain simple analytical elements of unmasking by means of traditions and folk culture.
Part of his videos show signs of a city, Batman, and a culture that has suffered military intervention and political oppression which is evident in its structure?shot in an informal and spontaneous manner. It thus juxtaposes the elements of a culture rooted into tradition with Western influences inserting, as such, the local with the global.Those reflect anecdotes from the daily life in Batman, showing fragments of his own quotidian culture.
With a simple narration, his works maintain the essence of filmic and narrative simplicity.