Güler Ates (b. 1977 in Turkey, lives and works in London) She works across video, photography, performance and printmaking. Her practice is always underpinned by rigorous research. Many of the locations in which she works have been or remain major sites of power. Across diverse geographies, Ates’s photography traces histories both of self-aggrandisement through appeals to historical precedent and the desire to exoticise and possess the alien other.
Residencies and awards include: Eton College Residency (UK, 2015); Instituto Inclusartiz, Rio da Janeiro (Brazil, 2013-2014); Space 118 Residency, Mumbai (India, 2012); Leighton House Museum, London (UK, 2010); The Loft at the Lower Parel, Mumbai and Arts Reverie, Ahmedabad (India, 2009); Fundacion Valparaiso, Mojacar (Spain, 2008); Matthew Wrightson Award (2008); Cité Internationale Des Arts, Paris (France, 2007).
Ates’s work is in numerous significant collections in the UK and worldwide, including: Achmea Kunstcollectie (Netherlands); Ben Uri Gallery and Museum (UK); Government Art Collection (UK); Museu de Arte do Rio (Brazil); Royal Academy of Arts, Photography Collection (UK); Royal College of Art (UK); and the Victoria & Albert Museum, Print Collection (UK).
Since 2011 Ates has been the Digital Print Tutor at the Royal Academy Schools, London.
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Georgina Maddox, Behind the Veil, 2015
Museo d’Arte Orientale, Turin, Italy , 2019
Unfold, Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam, Netherlands , 2017