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06.08.2012

 

RCA Graduate Interviews: Fatma Bucak, Photography MA, I Packed my Suitcase with...

Fatma Bucak started life in a small village on the border between Turkey and Syria while her father was away because of political persecutions. She moved to Istanbul when she was 6 and later studied Philosophy there. Fatma struggled with issues of identity from an early age, she told GoSee ‘as a blond child with a darker skin father, mother and darker skin relatives I was a bit confused. I was 5 and I prepared my small luggage with the aim to find my ‘real’ family’.

Many years later she prepared her suitcase once more, this time to study art in Italy. She found herself increasingly reflecting about the missing part of an identity and cultural displacement, which she explores in her work to this day.

Can you tell us a bit about the work you chose to include in the final show?
My new performance work “Blessed are you who come, Conversation on the Turkish-Armenian Border” reflects and questions the displacement between people of different identities.

The performance is a confrontation of myself as an artist and woman in front of 12 old men, who become the performers and the audience at the same time. Certain issues such as male power, religion, cultural memory, presence and absence are brought into view and collide with iconic force against the silent, monumental power of landscapes in a Turkish border village, first home to the Armenians then to their Turkish-Muslims neighbors. The men’s conversation questions the idea of the performance as well as the inherent cultural clash with their everyday lives.

Why did you decide to study at the RCA?
I did my BA in Italy and I hoped to continue to study. I knew about RCA’s reputation from several friends who studied MA in Photography there. They recommended me with no doubt. I was so amazed about RCA’s study approach. Then I decided to apply for it.

What is your most memorable experience at the RCA?
I think its whole education system is completely different from others I got in touch with in Turkey and in Italy. My whole RCA experience has been very positive, with so many new things. It was great to have this constructive dialogue with other artists, students and tutors.

How did you celebrate finishing the degree?

A nice family dinner and a big party with friends.

How do you feel now that you have completed the degree?
I feel a sense of “in-between-ness” actually. On one hand I am happy that I completed my MA but on the other I feel a bit nostalgic.

And now for that dreaded question… what are your hopes and plans for the future?

I will continue to develop my practice. I have just began to work on a new series of work, one which involves other “artist-migrants” like me; in order to complete the work I will travel a bit more. I will apply for a residency in Istanbul.

What is your favorite place in London? Anywhere you find particularly inspiring?
I always wanted to come to London; it is such a inspiring city with so many opportunities and interesting people to meet. And I was right. Every angle of London is particular, you find everyday new inspiring places. Just yesterday I have been on Queen Elizabeth Hall’s lift where they installed a Martin Creed work. However I couldn’t hear the sound piece, because it was off, I found really exiting being on that lift accompanied by an art work.


FATMA BUCAK, Photography MA




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Fatma Bucak, Photography MA

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Nathan Tom Pass, Textile MA

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RCA : Fatma Bucak

RCA : Fatma Bucak

RCA : Fatma Bucak

RCA : Fatma Bucak

RCA : Fatma Bucak

RCA : Fatma Bucak

RCA : Fatma Bucak

RCA : Fatma Bucak

RCA : Fatma Bucak

RCA : Fatma Bucak

RCA : Fatma Bucak

RCA : Fatma Bucak

RCA : Fatma Bucak

RCA : Fatma Bucak

RCA : Fatma Bucak

RCA : Fatma Bucak

RCA : Fatma Bucak

RCA : Fatma Bucak

Fatma Bucak

Fatma Bucak