Kutluğ Ataman in Linz, The European Capital of Culture – promoted by Bank Austria (UniCredit Group)
Ataman's new project employs video installations, slide shows, and photographs to explore the concepts of "belonging" and "otherness," while also addressing traditional beliefs, which generate cultural conflict. His show for the Lentos Museum, which will take place from 13 February to 19 April, captures the confusion and chaos that resulted from Turkey's political, cultural, and economic change, as well as the East-West tension felt by the country. In addition to UniCredit Group, the supporters of Ataman's project include: Dubai's Abraaj Capital Art Prize, the Arts Council England, the Henry Moore Foundation, the Borusan Foundation, the British School at Rome, the Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation, the Francesca Minini, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Linz 2009, the Lentos Art Museum, the MAXXI, the Vehbi Koc Foundation and Print Page.
Ataman, along with Cristiana Perrella, the curator of the Contemporary Art Program at the British School at Rome, is a finalist in consideration for the Abraaj Art Prize. The award offers 1,000,000 dollars for the co-operation between an artist from Middle East, North Africa or South-East Asia and an international curator. The work of all finalists will be featured in March at the Art Dubai Fair and will later become a permanent part of the Abraaj Capital Collection.
A great deal is on the horizon for Linz 2009, European Capital of Culture, with more than 220 planned events that include shows, exhibitions, performances and concerts. Over the past few years, Linz has grown more significantly than any other Austrian city in terms of culture and tourism. Bank Austria is premium partner of Linz 2009 as part of a local development strategy for one of the 22 countries in which UniCredit Group operates.
(Picture : Kutluğ Ataman, Mesopotamian Dramaturgies, 2009, Courtesy of Francesca Minini, Milan and the artist. Produced by The Institute for the Readjustment of Clocks, Istanbul)
Lentos Museum, Linz : www.lentos.at
Linz 09 The European Capital of Culture: www.linz09.at