Kutlug AtamanWomen Who Wear Wigs 1999

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Kutlug Ataman (born 1961)
Women Who Wear Wigs
Date 1999
MediumVideo, 4 projections, colour and sound
DimensionsOverall display dimensions variable
Acquisition Purchased with funds provided by the Middle East North Africa Acquisitions Committee 2011
Not on display


Women Who Wear Wigs is a four channel video installation with sound featuring four women from Turkey talking about their experiences of wearing wigs and why they decided to wear them. The video lasts for sixty minutes and is shown on a continuous loop, projected onto four screens measuring a minimum of four metres high by two and a half metres wide or on to a wall previously painted with Rosco white paint. The stories of the four women run simultaneously, creating a cacophony of sounds and images that, at times, makes it difficult to follow each woman’s individual testimony. The video has English subtitles.

Ataman was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1961 and has pursued a career as both a filmmaker and an artist. His work documents the lives of marginalised individuals, examining the ways in which people create and rewrite their identities through self-expression, frequently blurring the line between reality and fiction… (read more)

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