Pastt Exhibitions

Kutlug Ataman
Paradise and Küba

February 9 to May 19, 2008


Kutlug Ataman
Paradise, 2007 (detail of video still),
twenty-four channel video installation
Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann
Maupin Gallery, New York


In his newly commissioned video installation, Kutlug Ataman offers a remarkable portrait of twenty-four southern Californians who describe their encounter with that place they call “paradise.” For the first time, Paradise will be paired with Ataman’s 2004 Carnegie Prize- winning video installation entitled Küba, an equally powerful portrait of another utopian community, this one situated on the outskirts of Istanbul.

Paradise is commissioned by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, and Treaty of Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands; the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, England; Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, USA; the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, USA; and the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada.

Paradise is produced by Saatleri Ayarlama Enstitüsü/ The Institute for the Readjustment of Clocks, Istanbul, Turkey.