Books of Dust
13 February—24 April 2013
In the Gallery Café
London-based Turkish artist Güler Ates presents Books of Dust, a new series of photographs created in the Royal Academy of Arts Research Library, the oldest institutional fine arts library in the United Kingdom, serving the needs of Royal Academicians, students and scholars for over 200 years.
Güler Ates, 'She and the books', 2012. 90x60cm.
Ates’s new series of hypnotic photographs explores female identity through the lens of the artist’s own experiences of cross-cultural displacement as well as accepted models of culture in the West. Imbuing her female subjects with a mystic exoticism that brings to the fore Western notions of Orientalism, Ates has also instilled in these haunting iconic figures a sense of power amidst this historical bastion of scholarship and learning.
Born in 1977 in Eastern Turkey, Güler Ates has been living and working in London for the past 15 years. She graduated in 2008 from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Printmaking. That same year, her work was featured in the New Contemporaries show. Currently, she is Digital Print Tutor at the Royal Academy Schools. Her work can be found in the Victoria & Albert Museum’s print collection and was recently shown in the 2012 Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy as well as in exhibitions in London, Amsterdam, Istanbul and Mumbai.