Staging the Screen – Fatma Bucak and Rä di Martino

18 March – 25 April 2015
Wednesday – Saturday, 12 – 6 pm

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Fatma Bucak, Suggested place for you to see it, 2013
HD video
13.32 mins
Edition of 5

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This exhibition presents a video each from two artists, Fatma Bucak and Rä di Martino, drawing together a dialogue around theatricality, audience and medium.

Exhibited as a sort of ‘call and response’ each work will be given the entire gallery space for three weeks.
For the first period of the exhibition Fatma Bucak from Turkey will present ‘Suggested place for you to see it’, a video that makes the audience from a performance into the subject of a work. Here a camera is fixed on a group of thirteen Turkish-Kurdish women who are witnessing a performance executed by Bucak herself with her brother, in which she revisits the genesis myth of the monotheist religions, transforming the stage into a negotiation of gender politics. Throwing mud and ribs at the apparently indifferent man, the scene is set in a Salt Lake in Ankara and recalls the symbolism of salt as an element to conserve, clean and cook – all attributes stereotypically associated with the traditional female role. Translated from Turkish in subtitles, the women’s unadulterated comments and reactions to the artist’s performance become the content of the work itself, ranging from more immediate reactions such as ‘Perhaps the boy just won’t marry her?’ to more in depth discussions introduced by the symbolism: ‘The Imam said that it’s not true. Just a story! – I mean, creation out of a rib is not true.’ By removing the view of the performance in this presentation the theatrical aspect of the work is made explicit by implication, through the device of the audience.

In the second period of the exhibition Italian, Rä di Martino will present ‘August 2008’. Supported by FLACC (Belgium), Di Martino painstakingly composed the interior of a villa as a sort of tableau vivant, decorated in the fashion of the 50’s, in a nod to a past era of Hollywood production. Rooted to the spot and almost unflinching in their composition, the actors sing all of the headlines from August 2008. Anachronisms create an uncomfortable tension between what we see and what we hear in each video but in both cases there is a subtle humor at work. Like Bucak she creates an almost palpable friction between a fictional scenario of her orchestration and a dialogue that is somehow more global and uncontrolled. Just as the comments of the women reveal certain cultural entrenchments in Bucak’s audience, only to surprise us with others, Di Martino’s characters relay an entire month of headlines revealing only one positive news story; Michael Phelps latest gold medal.

Connecting ‘August 2008’ back to the considerations of audience in ‘Suggested place for you to see it’, Di Martino pulls back from her two actors to end the video, only to reveal that an elderly lady has apparently borne witness to this frozen ‘moment’. Inserted into a strangely rigid, painterly composition where it does not belong the news headlines form a kind of narrative within the suggestion of a narrative. Recalling Bucak’s audience trying to make sense of her performance, here we are left to decode the interaction between the man and women suggested in Di Martino’s composition.

Rä di Martino (b.1975) is a graduate of Chelsea College of Art and of the Slade School of Art. Selected recent solo exhibitions include: Rä di Martino, Museion, Bolzano (2014), Rä di Martino, MAXX Project, Sierre (CH) (2014), Marilyn, Galleria Il Capricorno, Venice (2014), Rä di Martino – Greater Torino, Fondazione Sandretto, Turin (2012); La controfigura – The Stand-In, Monitor Gallery, Rome (2011); Rä di Martino (Artscape at) Vartaj Gallery (2010); Rä di Martino, Artissima, Turin (2010); The Night Walker and Other Works, CAV, Coimbra (2009); Rä di Martino, Espaces Doll – Les Urbaines Festival, Lausanne (2008). Selected group shows include: Concrete, MUMA, Melbourne, Australia (2014), Worlds In Collision, Samstaag Museum, Adelaide (2014), Ruins in Reverse, Tate Modern, London & MALI, Lima (2013); Mardin Biennale, Mardin, Turkey (2013); Mission Afterviews, Victoria Theatre, San Francisco (2012);


Fatma Bucak (b.1982) graduated from Istanbul University in Philosophy then Accademia Albertina di Torino and completed her MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art. Selected Recent solo exhibitions include; Practices of Resilience, Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art (2013-2014), Yet an Other Story About the Fall, ARTER-space for art, Istanbul (2013), Present Future, Artissima (2013), Daughter of Man, Galleria Alberto Peola, Turin, (2011), Melancholia I, The Zandra Rhodes Gallery, UCA, Rochester. Selected group shows include; Sight and Sounds, The Jewish Museum, New York (2014), Rainbow in the Dark, SALT Galata, Istanbul (2014), The Oxymoron of Normality, Galeria Arsenal, Poland (2014), Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts), London (2013), Spike Island (2013), Estrangement, Cooper Gallery, DJCAD (2013), Vennestraat, Manifesta 9, Genk (2012), International Festival of Non-fiction Film and Media, MoMa, New York (2011), 54th Venice Biennale, Tese di San Cristoforo – Arsenale (2011). She is currently preparing her solo show at the Artpace, Texas and Alberto Peola Arte contemporanea, Turin.

Images

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Fabio Lattanzi Antinori, A New Evidence II, 2016
Screenprint on Somerset paper, custom supports.
Variable dimensions
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Rä di Martino, August 2008, 2009
16mm transfer to HD video
5 mins

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Rä di Martino, August 2008, 2009
16mm transfer to HD video
5 mins

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Fabio Lattanzi Antinori, Ask Mountain [HFT Crop Circle, Crime Scene], 2016 Screenprint on Fabriano paper
85 cm x 60 cm
Unique

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Fatma Bucak, Padre III, 2010
Digital archival pigment print
90 cm x 72.5 cm
Edition of 7

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Fatma Bucak, Too Heavy, 2014
Digital archival pigment print
110 x 136.5 cm
Edition of 5