Fatma Bucak studied Philosophy at Istanbul University and History of Art and Etching in Italy at the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts, before completing her MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art, London. Her works in performance, photography, sound, and video, center on political identity, religious mythology, and landscape as a space of historical renegotiation. Investigating the fragility, tension and irreversibility of history, the power of testimony and memory. In her practice she often questions traditional forms of history-making as well as cultural and gender norms.
“I confess that I often have doubts about the strength of independent narratives in art and about resistance within art. I spend a fair amount of time thinking about how it might be done better, and even about whether one ought to simply disengage from these subjects all together. But ultimately there is no way by which you can isolate yourself from the world; all my works are influenced by, and influence, my surroundings.”