Lives and works between London and Istanbul.
Born in Iskenderun, on the Turkey-Syria border, Fatma Bucak studied Philosophy in Istanbul University and History of Art and Etching in Italy at the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts, before completing an 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.
She has had solo exhibitions at Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art (Turin), ARTER (Istanbul), Artpace (San Antonio), Alberto Peola Contemporary Art Gallery (Turin), and The Ryder Project (London). Her work has also been exhibited at the 54th Venice Biennale, The Jewish Museum (New York), International Festival of Non-fiction Film, MoMA (New York), SALT (Istanbul), ICA (London), Spike Island (Bristol), Contemporary Art Platform Gallery Space (Kuwait), Manifesta 9 (Genk), La Permanente Museum (Milan), Fondazione Fotografia (Modena), and Art in General (New York), among others. In 2013 she was the winner of the 13th Illy Present Future Prize, and was selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries in the same year. She was artist-in-residence at Townhouse, Cairo in 2014 and went on to win the Academy Now London award. She received the Arter – Koc Foundation Contemporary Art Grant andUniCredit Project Grant in 2011. She also co-curated the Transition Project: live and video performance exhibition series at the Yapi Kredi Kultur Sanat, Istanbul.