Kutluğ Ataman, 99 Names, 2002, video installation.

Kutluğ Ataman

Istanbul Museum of Modern Art

Kutluğ Ataman, 99 Names, 2002, video installation.

Kutluğ Ataman first gained prominence when his eight-hour video installation semiha b. unplugged, 1997, was included in that year’s Istanbul Biennial. Since then he has occasionally shown works in Turkey, but, though he has been exceptionally well represented on the international art map—he received a nomination for the Tate’s Turner Prize in 2004—this exhibition, “The Enemy Inside of Me,” is his first retrospective in his homeland.

Featuring eleven works dating from 1999 to 2010, the selection incorporates significant productions that mark key moments in the development of Ataman’s career. Two works—It’s a Vicious Circle, 2002, and Paradise, 2007—fill the atrium that leads to the main temporary gallery hall of Istanbul Modern, which has been completely darkened to host the additional nine video installations. It is possible to enter this hall from both sides,

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