reviews

  • Fatma Bucak, Damascus Rose, 2016–, roses grown from grafted cuttings, dimensions variable.

    Fatma Bucak, Damascus Rose, 2016–, roses grown from grafted cuttings, dimensions variable.

    Fatma Bucak

    Kunsthaus Dresden

    Fatma Bucak’s twelve-panel mosaic A Tree, 2022, depicts tightly intertwined branches and a splintered trunk that resembles two people embracing. It would read as an overly sentimental plea for the environment, and one stripped of particular context, if not for certain material details: leaves veined with ash, blighted wood in place of roots, and grayish slag in the background. The artist cobbled together the work’s twelve gridded panels from detritus she collected in Turkey after last year’s unchecked forest fires, a disaster that prompted intense criticism of President Recep Tayyip Erdog˘an’s

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