Project Description

Born in 1977 in Eastern Turkey, Güler Ates has been living and working in London for the past 19 years.  She graduated in 2008 from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Fine Art. Currently, she is Digital Print Tutor at the Royal Academy Schools. Her work can be found in the print collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, Museum Van Loon in Amsterdam, the Royal Academy of Art and the Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR) in Rio de Janeiro. Güler Ates’ work has been exhibited at the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy for the last several years as well as in solo exhibitions in 2017 at Museum Van Loon, The Netherlands ; in 2016 at the Unseen Photo Festival, Amsterdam and Salvation Army International HQ, London.

Güler Ates’ photographs are the result of residencies that she undertook often in historically significant buildings. In line with Güler Ates’ prior time-based practice, the artist’s subject matter explores themes of female identity, diaspora and cross‐cultural displacement, where contemporary readings of the veil in particular play a central role.

The works themselves – shot in entirely natural light – have a cinematic quality, capturing the gestural movements or carefully posed stillness of the professional model Ates employs as her subject.

According to the artist, inserting the veiled woman, a figure that is central to Ates’ practice, into this architectural environment creates an image of the “other” or the “unknown”, helping us to understand our own culture and its inherent meaning.

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Güler Ates

Born 1977 – Mus – Turkey

2006-08  Royal College of Art, MA Fine Art; Printmaking, London
2001-04  Wimbledon School of Art, BA {HONS} degree in Fine Art; Painting, London
2000-01  Lewisham College, BTEC Diploma Foundation Studies in Art & Design, London
1996-98  University of Marmara, Fine Art; Painting, Istanbul

Residency/Awards/Commissions
Embassy of Brazil (London) Visual Arts Award, Finalist, 2015
Le Fonds Belval Residency and Award – Short listed – 2015
Eton College Residency, Windsor, January – March 2015
Instituto Inclusartiz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 2013 – April 2014
Space 118 Residency, Mumbai, December 2012
The Arts Foundation, Nominated for Photography Fellowship, UK
Film and Video Umbrella, 
Nominated for Tomorrow Never Knows Moving image Award, UK, 2011
Leighton House Museum Residency, London, April – September 2010
The Loft at the Lower Parel (Mumbai) and Arts Reverie (Ahmadabad) Residency, India, July 2009
The Foundacion Valparaiso Residency, Mojacar, Spain, Oct – Nov 2008
Matthew Wrightson Award, 2008
The Cite Internationale Des Arts Residency, Paris, Apr – June 2007
Short-listed (1 of 6) for 20/21 Century Art prize

Publications
II Mattino, Napoli Cultura&Societa (Review), Italy, 17th May 2015
Art & Religion in the 21st Century by Dr Aaron Rosen (Thames and Hudson, 2015)
O Globo (Article), Brazil, 7th April 2014
Aksam (Article), Turkey, January
O Globo (Article), Brazil, July 2013
Yurt, (Interview), Turkey, March 2013
The Times of India, (Review), India, 18th January
The Sunday Express, (Review), India, December 2012
Daily News & Analytical – DNA (Review), India, December
Mid-day, (Review), India, December
TimeOut Istanbul, (Review), May, Turkey

Solo Exhibitions
Unfold, Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam, 2017
Unseen Photo Festival, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, 2016
Sea of Colour, Salvation Army International HQ, London
Unseen Memories, House of St Barnabas, London, 2015
Fantasma Nel Silenzio, Spazio Nea, Napoli, Italy
Stilled, Art First Gallery, London
Dwelling; Rio de Janeiro, Marcelle Joseph Projects, London, 2014
Sound and Silence, Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam
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, London
Trace of the Traceless, The LOFT at Lower Parel, Mumbai, 2012
Threshold, Art First Gallery, London
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, London, 2010
Fusion, Gallery Point-1, Okinawa, Japan
Veiled Mozaic, The LOFT at Lower Parel, Mumbai, 2009
Projects at Christ Church Spitalfields, London, 2005

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017
ArtRio, Luciana Caravello Arte Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro
SP-Arte, Luciana Caravello Arte Contemporânea, Sao Paulo
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts
Open Studios, Mansion, Beckenham
Force, Strength, Power, Kubikgallery and Gallery Baginski, Lisbon
Out of Chaos, Ben Uri Gallery touring exhibition at Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle
Liberty at Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, Penzance
2016
Karavil Contemporary, @ Contemporary Istanbul, Turkey
ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London
The Sixth Jinan International Photography Biennial, Jinan, China
Femocracy, Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam
For the love of the Public, Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR), Rio de Janeiro
100 for 100 (Celebrating 100 years in London), Ben Uri Gallery and Museum at Christie’s, London
Now We are Six (Anniversary Show with selected Artists), Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam
Unexpected: continuing narratives of identity and migration, Ben Uri Gallery and Museum
Figure, Art First, London
2015
Liberties, Collyer Bristow gallery, London
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Journey, Jewish Museum, London
Embassy of Brazil Visual Arts Award 2015, London
SP-Arte, Luciana Caravello Arte Contemporânea, Sao Paulo
2014
Froward, The Drawing Schools Gallery, Eton College, Windsor
ArtRio, Luciana Caravello Arte Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro
Some Schools are Cages and Some Schools are Wings, Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR), Rio de Janeiro
What should have remained secret, has come to light, Fotogalleriet Format in Malmø, Sweden
Dwelling ‘Live Performance’, Casa França-Brasil and MAR, Rio de Janeiro, 9th & 17th April
RA Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
START with the Loft at Lower Parel, Saatchi Gallery, London
Kunstrai, Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam
A Desk of One’s Own, Galeri Miz, Istanbul
2013
Outpost Open Film, Outpost, Norwich (Touring exhibition)
2Q13 Women Collectors, Woman Artists, Lloyds Club, London
Burqas, Veils and Hoodies, Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre, Dandenong, Australia
Art Barter, Gallery 5533@IMC, Istanbul
2012
3rd International Canakkale Biennial, Canakkale, Turkey
Margins, Art Suites Gallery, Istanbul
Wunderkammer, Hoxton Art Gallery, London
Woman in Art, Brook Gallery, Devon
HomeSalon; Marcelle Joseph Projects, Ascot
Re: Rotterdam Art Fair, Marian Cramer Project, Rotterdam, NL
2011
Orientations, Hoxton Art Gallery, London
Correos, Galleria Progresso, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Photography’s New “it” Girls, Marcelle Joseph Projects, London
Draw Together, Jeannie Avent Gallery (Associated with Dulwich Picture Gallery), London
Samvaad, FICA Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art, New Delhi, India
2010
Bloomberg New Contemporaries Archive Films, ICA, London
Prints of the City, Free Museum of Dallas, US
Home, Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Zspace, Okinawa, Japan
Group Show, Galleria Progresso, London

2009
Indian Summer, Hastings Museum and Gallery, Hastings
IAS, New Delhi, India
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Rencontres Internationales de la Photo, Institut Français de Fès, Morocco
TBA, New Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, USA
2008
New Prints from Royal College of Arts, Royal Academy of Arts, London
10: The Chris Orr Years, Royal College of Arts, London
New Contemporaries, Touring exhibition: Liverpool Biennial (A Foundation) & London
(Rochelle Schools)
Beyond Borders, Holster Project Space, London
Real Presence, The House of Legacy, Belgrade
Indian Art Summit 08, New Delhi, India
Salon Summer Show, The SaLon Gallery, London
Real Presence, Remont Gallery, Belgrade

Woman in Castello di Govone – 2018 – Size 80 x 77.7cm – Edition of 5

The light and the blue – 2018 – Size 20.8 x 50 cm – Edition of 5

A wave of black – 2018 – Size 60 x 90 cm – Edition of 5

La Venaria and She I – 2018 – Size 60.5 x 60 cm – Edition of 5

The garden in Govone – 2018 – Size 25.5 x 32 cm – Edition of 5

Blanket (I) – 2018 – Size 34.2 x 30 cm – Edition of 5

Longing of Orange Sea – 2018 – Size 45.1 x 61 cm – Edition of 5

Untitled (Palazzo Madama) – 2018 – Size 39 x 99.5 cm – Edition of 5

The Waves and She I – 2017 – Size 100 x 75.5cm – Available Editions 4/5 & 5/5

Woman in Saskia’s room (I) – 2016 – Size 38 x 25cm – Edition of 5

Garment of Flower and She (I) – 2013 – Size 40 x 60.5cm – Available Edition 5/5

Eternal Maharana and She (III) – 2013 – Size 110 x 72cm – Available Edition 3/5

Once I was in the book – 2013 – Size 42 x 46cm – Available Editions 4/5 & 5/5

The Whispering Garden (I) – 2017 – Size 26 x 30cm – Available Editions 4/7, 5/7 & 6/7 + 1 A/P

Bewildering – 2014 – Size 50 x 52cm – Available Editions 3/5 & 5/5

The Wind Without the Flames II – 2017 – Size 31 x 33cm – Available Editions 4/7, 5/7 & 6/7

Untitled (Orange) – 2017 – Size 66 x 80cm – Available Editions 4/5 & 5/5 + 1 A/P

White Dusk – (Etching)  – 2013 – Size 33.5 x 26.5cm – Available Editions 6/20, 19/20 & 20/20