Kurdish artist Fatma Bucak was born in Iskenderun, a city in Turkey lodged between the Mediterranean and the Syrian border. Much of the artist’s work deals with political borders; her exhibit at the Bell Gallery features video portraits of migrants at various contentious borders, people dwarfed by the vastness of the landscapes around them. A flower bed in the gallery has been planted with the Damascus rose. Other pieces speak more directly to the current political situation at Turkey, which has recently fallen victim to harsh government censorship efforts.
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December 12 2016