Kutluğ Ataman rejects conventional documentary techniques to make uncompromising yet inspiring portraits, believing that “talking is the only meaningful activity we’re capable of”. He is intrigued by the blurred line between truth and fiction, and the way in which documentary manipulates our perceptions of reality.
Ataman studied film at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA, graduating with an MFA in 1988 and has pursued a career both as a filmmaker and artist. In 2004 Ataman was shortlisted for the Turner Prize at Tate, and he participated in the Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, where he was awarded its prestigious Carnegie Prize. His solo exhibitions include Paradise, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California, 2007 – a video installation in which Ataman offers a remarkable portrait of twenty-four southern Californians who describe their encounter with that place they call “paradise”. Having left Turkey after the military coup, Ataman now lives between London, Istanbul and Buenos Aires.