Art First Projects
6 September – 6 October, 2012
AF Projects is pleased to present this first exhibition of photographic works by Güler Ates. Originally from Turkey, Ates studied at Wimbledon School of Art before graduating from the Royal College in 2008. Her work has been exhibited internationally, showing in museum spaces in the UK, USA, Brazil, Japan, India, France and the Netherlands.
This new series of darkly elegant images is the result of two residencies that Ates undertook in 2011, both in historically significant buildings - Great Fosters Hunting Lodge (now a hotel) and Leighton House.
From the rich visual material available to her Ates weaves a series of evocative tableaux that through the intervention of her model, swathed in silk, explore the sympathies and tensions in our current idea of the exotic, and of the historical significance of cross-cultural visual awareness. Past and present concerns merge as the arabesque tapestries and furnishings of the C15th interiors are juxtaposed against contemporary readings of the veil.