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Kutlu ̆g Ataman is considered a forerunner of new languages created within film and video art, blurring the lines between fiction and reality. Ataman’s work focuses on individual and collective identities, as well as historical and geographical narratives as constructs, in his attempts to reveal the ways in which identities are constantly re-written and negotiated. Ataman was nominated for the Turner Prize (2004), the same year he won the Carnegie International Prize. He was a recipient ofthe Abraaj Capital Art Prize (Dubai, 2009) and the European Cultural Foundation’s Princess Margriet Award (2011). Exhibited internationally, Ataman’s works have shown at the following Biennales: Istanbul (1997, 2003, 2007), Venice (1999), Sao Paulo (2002, 2010) and Berlin (2001), as well as in Documenta (2002). Recent solo exhibitions include Mesopotamian Dramaturgies, ARTER, Istanbul (2011); The Enemy Inside Me, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul (2010); MAXXI – National Museum of 21st Century Arts, Rome (2010); Kutlug Ataman: Küba/Paradise, Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2009) and Mesopotamian Dramaturgies, Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz (2009). Forthcoming exhibitions include Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada (2013) and Galeri Mana, Istanbul (2013). Kutlu ̆g Ataman lives and works in Istanbul, Islamabad and London.