Kutlug Ataman is active/lives in California / England, Turkey. Kutlug Ataman is known for video installation-personality studies.
A naturalized American born in Istanbul, Turkey, Kutlug Ataman is a video installation artist whose personality explorations are sometimes as long as eight hours. They unfold in a "mind-numbing format' with as many as 40 talking heads on the screen at once.
He has exhibited his work at biennales in Venice, Istanbul, Sao Paulo and Documenta, the group exhibition in Kassel, Germany. In 2003, he won the Carnegie Prize at the Carnegie biennale in Pittsburgh for his work called "Kuba", an opus filmed in a poverty stricken area of Istanbul settled by Kurds.
Other subjects for his "video sculptures" include people he has known as friends--- an aged Turkish opera star with an active fantasy life, a tormented transsexual and a British nurse "helplessly devoted to growing amaryllis bulbs.
Linda Yablonsky, 'Up Close And Very Personal, For Hours and Hours', "The New York Times", November 7, 2004.