Güler Ates’ work is hauntingly beautiful, its allure lingers beyond the viewing.
Ates’ photography engages the audience to seek and unravel the many layers depicted. Layers of worlds between what is deemed as ‘East’ and ‘West’, of architecture and surroundings captured within an image, of the subject matter and the elegance of a pose, the layers of the mystery and of the observed, all gathered within the artist’s poetic shot.
At the center of Ates’ work, is an exploration of displacement. The connection and disconnection between a space and an identity are juxtaposed, where cultural perceptions become blurred, and where patterns, layers, motifs, colour, light and shadow all come alive.
Questions on what may lie behind the setting in Ates’ work flood in, who the women portrayed is, her identity, her activity, and what may unravel beyond the captured image, pose or movement; all thoughts draw in to form part of the art’s language.
Reminiscent of Old Master paintings, Güler Ates' art merges cultural entities, projecting different geometric photographic angles, and reflecting on the notions of Orientalism, as well as propelling perspectives that do encompass ‘Eastern’ and ‘Western’ sensibilities.
Güler Ates works with video, photography, printmaking and performance. The art’s graceful and ethereal aesthetic form dream like moments that captured different layers together, ensuring that the delicate yet powerful imagery and messages connect to our thoughts, layer upon layer.
Ates Guler was born in Turkey in 1977. She gained her Fine Art BA at the University of Marmara, Istanbul, 1998 she then studied Fine Art; Painting at Wimbledon School of Art, 2004. She has an MA Fine Art Printmaking, Royal College of Art. Following her education she was a visiting lecturer at University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield in 2007 and from 2010 a Digital Print Tutor at the Royal Academy Schools, at Royal Academy of Arts,
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