Güler Ates
Muş, Turquia, 1977

“I work with Video, Photography, Printmaking and Performance. At the heart of my work lies an exploration into the experience of cultural displacement. Manifestations of my work are realized through performance and site-responsive activities that merge Eastern and Western sensibilities. My work comments on the Western notion of Orientalism and the effects of the cross-pollination of cultures on female identity and architecture. I would like to question the relationship between the veil and the West, by setting the female veiled figure within a lush or historic European interior. The architectural sites that I work within are of a particular era with specific links to colonialism, now post-colonialism, and the ‘East’, and I find that they are interesting to work in, in their own right. I conduct research into the history of these sites, which informs the source of the fabric that becomes a costume or veil for my performing model to wear. As part of the performance, the subject tells a story drawn from the history of the site, exploring my feeling of cultural duality. I have previously implemented projects at the following architectural settings: the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Cité Internationale Des Arts, Paris; Leighton House Museum, London; Great Fosters (the former royal hunting lodge of King Henry VIII), Egham; Royal Academy of Arts, London; and City Palace, Udaipur.“

- Güler Ates


Unseen Memories, House of Saint Barnabas, Londres, RU, 2015

Sound and Silence, Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam, Setembro 2014 (Futura)

A solo exhibition with Marcelle Joseph Projects, Londres, Novembro 2014 (Futura)

India works, Art First Gallery, Londres, Fevereiro 2015 (Futura)

Dwelling ‘Live Performance’, Casa França-Brasil e Museu de Arte do Rio, Brasil, 9 e 17 de abril de 2014

Open Studio, Instituto Inclusartiz, Rio de Janeiro

Whispers of Colour, Kubikgallery, Porto, Portugal

Zenana, Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam, 2013

Books of Dust, Royal Academy of Arts, Café gallery, Londres

Trace of the Traceless, The LOFT at Lower Parel, Mumbai, 2012

Threshold, Art First Gallery, Londres

Unveiling the Veil, Marian Cramer Project, Amsterdam

Present and Absent, Great Fosters, Egham, 2011

No past is mine, no future: look at me! Leighton House Museum, Londres, 2010

Fusion, Gallery Point-1, Okinawa, Japão

Veiled Mozaic, The LOFT at Lower Parel, Mumbai, 2009

Projects at Christ Church Spitalfields, Londres, 2005


Há escolas que são gaiolas e há escolas que são asas, MAR – Museu de Arte do Rio, RJ

ArtRio, Luciana Caravello Arte Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro, Setembro 2014 (Futura)

A Desk of One’s Own, Galeri Miz, Istanbul

Outpost Open Film, Outpost, Norwich

2Q13 Women Collectors, Woman Artists, Lloyds Club, Londres

Burqas, Veils and Hoodies, Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre, Dandenong, Austrália

Art Barter, Gallery 5533@IMC, Istanbul

3rd International Canakkale Biennial, Canakkale, Turquia

Margins, Art Suites Gallery, Istanbul

Wunderkammer, Hoxton Art Gallery, Londres

Woman in Art, Brook Gallery, Devon

HomeSalon; Marcelle Joseph Projects, Ascot

Re: Rotterdam Art Fair, Marian Cramer Project, Rotterdam, Países Baixos

Orientations, Hoxton Art Gallery, Londres

Correos, Galleria Progresso, Porto Alegre, Brasil

Photography’s New “it” Girls, Marcelle Joseph Projects, Londres

Draw Together, Jeannie Avent Gallery (Associated with Dulwich Picture Gallery), Londres

Samvaad, FICA Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art, New Delhi, India

Bloomberg New Contemporaries Archive Films, ICA, Londres

Prints of the City, Free Museum of Dallas, Estados Unidos

Home, Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Zspace, Okinawa, Japão

Group Show, Galleria Progresso, Londres

Indian Summer, Hastings Museum and Gallery, Hastings

IAS, New Delhi, India

Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, Londres

Rencontres Internationales de la Photo, Institut Français de Fès, Marrocos

TBA, New Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, Estados Unidos

New Prints from Royal College of Arts, Royal Academy of Arts, Londres

10: The Chris Orr Years, Royal College of Arts, Londres

New Contemporaries, Touring exhibition: Liverpool Biennial (A Foundation) & London (Rochelle Schools)

Beyond Borders, Holster Project Space, Londres

Real Presence, The House of Legacy, Belgrado

Indian Art Summit 08, New Delhi, India

Salon Summer Show, The SaLon Gallery, Londres

Real Presence, Remont Gallery, Belgrado

There and Back Again, Hockney Gallery, Londres

Ensemble (s) ll, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris

Re-Formation, Christ Church Spitalfields, Londres

Over and Over Again, Sadler’s Wells, Londres

Art Video Screening, Vasteras, Suécia

Detroit 10th International Film/Video Festival, Museums of New Art, (MONA), Michigan

Peace Camp, The Brick Lane Gallery, Londres

Secrets, Gulbenkian Gallery, RCA, Londres

The Vision of the Nunnery, The Nunnery Gallery, Londres

I.D, Crescent Arts, Scarborough

Looking Glass, Waterloo Gallery, Londres

Three Sixteen, Candid Arts, Londres

Island Art Film & Video Festival ’05, Prenelle Gallery, Londres

TAKE 04, Wimbledon School of Art, Londres

The Launch of Creative Cultures, Merton Council, Londres

If u want my body, Wimbledon Library Gallery, Londres

Identity, Guildford Arts, Guildford


Instituto Inclusartiz, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, Julho 2013 – Abril 2014

Space 118 Residency, Mumbai, Dezembro 2012

The Arts Foundation, Nominated for Photography Fellowship, Reino Unido

Film and Video Umbrella, Nominated for Tomorrow Never Knows Moving image Award, Reino Unido, 2011

Leighton House Museum Residency, London, Abril – Setembro 2010

The Loft at the Lower Parel (Mumbai) and Arts Reverie (Ahmadabad) Residency, India, Julho 2009

The Foundacion Valparaiso Residency, Mojacar, Espanha, Out – Nov 2008

Matthew Wrightson Award, 2008

The Cite Internationale Des Arts Residency, Paris, Abr – Jun 2007

Short-listed (1 of 6) for 20/21 Century Art prize



Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR), Brasil

Huis Marseille, Photography Collection, Países Baixos

House of St Barnabas, Londres, Reino Unido

Achmea Kunstcollectie, Países Baixos

The LUMC, Leiden, Países Baixos

Royal Academy of Arts, Photography Collection, Londres, Reino Unido

Great Fosters, Egham, Reino Unido

Victoria and Albert Museum, Print Collection, Londres, Reino Unido

The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) Library, Portland, Estados Unidos

Video Library, Crisp Gallery, LA, Estados Unidos

Royal College of Art, Londres, Reino Unido