Born in 1946, American artist Nancy Atakan, a resident of Istanbul since 1969, works as a teacher, an art historian and an art critic. After starting her career as a painter and a sculptor, she developed an approach for photography and videography in the early nineties. Over the last decade, the artists grouped by Nicolas Bourriaud under the term Relational Aesthetics have increasingly influenced Atakan's practice. Like these artists she has focused on creating catalysis for initiating human relationships, instead of discrete art objects that are at the centre of a private individual interaction with the viewer. Atakan increases believes that individuals should attempt to show alternative ways to live and interact with each other. A strong idealistic strain that developed early on in every practice has been sustained throughout. While each work investigates broader topics within the different manners and contexts in which people interact, she often incorporates elements such as recurring autobiographical references to Istanbul, her adopted home.
2016 Sporting Chances, Pi Artworks, London, UK
2015 Little Faces, Big Bodies, Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul, Turkey
2015 Stay with Me, Weserburg Museum, Bremen, Germany
2014 40 Videos from 40 Years of Video Art in Turkey, 25th Ankara International Film Festival, Goethe Institute, Turkey
2013 Me, Myself and I, Me as a Dilemma, Cer Modern, Ankara, Turkey
2012 The Armory Show, curated by The Moving Image, New York, NYC, USA
2011 Dream and Reality, Modern and Contemporary Women Artists from Turkey, Istanbul Modern Art Museum, Turkey