Güler Ates | Fragments: Drawing Schools, Eton College

February 3 - March 19, 2018

Fragments is a solo exhibition of new photographic and video work made by London-based Turkish artist Güler Ates while an artist in residence at Eton College in 2015. Ates was the second female artist to be awarded the James McLaren residency at Eton College and follows in the footsteps of other luminaries such as Hughie O’Donoghue RA and Norman Ackroyd CBE RA. For this show, Ates, in her signature style, has swathed a 21st century woman in veils of brightly coloured silk sourced from Asian markets in Slough, a city neighbouring Eton, and documented her emotional passage through the hallowed and historic spaces of Eton College, including the Chapel, the Library and the Upper and Lower Schools.  Weighted down by the over 500-year history of Eton College, Ates titles this show, the fifth solo exhibition with curator Marcelle Joseph, Fragments, alluding to how this new body of work only reflects a fragment of the annals of this illustrious boys’ boarding school founded in 1440 by King Henry VI.