Kutluğ Ataman's Mesopotamian Dramaturgies
In this video we have a look at the exhibition “Kutlug Ataman: Mesopotamian Dramaturgies” at Niru Ratnam Gallery in London. The show is part of an ongoing series that reflects on the history and present of the region centered on Eastern Turkey where Ataman is now based, as well as the cultural and geopolitical forces at play there. The central work is a twenty-screen television installation called 'The Stream' (2022) which is the first major new work shown by Ataman since 'The Portrait of Sakip Sabanci' (exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2015 and The Royal Academy, London in 2016). The exhibition runs until May 21, 2022. Using nature as metaphor, The Stream is a video installation made of televisions and found wood that is concerned with rebirth, renewal and the constant effort to construct meaning.