Following the success of its inaugural exhibition in March, Fast & Steady, Marcelle Joseph Projects is delighted to introduce its next exciting exhibition of contemporary art, Photography’s New “It” Girls: 2011. The show will present five young, emerging international female photographers, Güler Ates of Turkey, Sunju Lee of South Korea, Chloë Østmo of the UK, Tereza Vlčková of the Czech Republic and Yu Xiao of China, all exhibiting alongside each other for the first time. This exhibition will explore the contrasting ways each of these women use photography to convey their own personal messages.
Güler Ates, an artist who was born in Eastern Turkey, graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2008 and is currently a senior printmaking fellow at the Royal Academy Schools. Güler was the first artist-in-residence at Leighton House Museum after its refurbishment in 2010. She is currently working on a large public commission in St James’s Square in London. Her striking works are intrinsically interlaced with her heritage and her experience as a Turkish woman in the 21st century. Güler’s work is essentially an exploration into the experiences of displacement, which she describes as ‘bewildering.’
“I engage with the potential of pattern and motif within Islamic art, which is often integrated in lavish architectural spaces, where it fulfils the functions both of concealment and exposure, thereby 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 my work are realized through performance and site-responsive activities that merge Eastern and Western sensibilities.”