"An exploration into the bewildering experience of displacement lies at the heart of my work. I engage with the potential of pattern and motif within Islamic art: layers held within lavish architectural spaces, offering cover or exposure, alluding to the theatrical. My work begins with film and photography, yet with a subsequent layering of imagery – resulting in a disruptive blur of cultural perceptions. The idea of ‘the veil’, which sits at the core of my art practice, is thus compounded. Manifestations of this are realised through performance and site-responsive activities that merge Eastern and Western sensibilities."
Ates Guler was born in Turkey in 1977. She gained her Fine Art BA at the University of Marmara, Istanbul, 1998 she then studied Fine Art; Painting at Wimbledon School of Art, 2004. She has an MA Fine Art Printmaking, Royal College of Art. Following her education she was a visiting lecturer at University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield in 2007
Her exhibitions include Landslide, Café Gallery, London, 2008; 15er, Publication, 2008; Ensemble(s) II, The Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France, 2007; Detroit 10th International Film/Video Festival, Museums of New Art (MONA), Michigan, USA, 2007
Awards she has been presented are 'The Cité Internationale des Arts Residency Award' in 2007; and she was also shortlisted for the 20/21 Art Prize in 2007.
She is a Royal Academy Print Fellow and lives and works in London.