Turkish Delight

2007


Turkish Delight is a single-screen video work and the first performance piece featuring the artist.  Ataman, donning a wig and in the  guise of a belly dancer, is dancing.  While the act is meant to attract, the dancer’s soul and unengaged demeanor ultimately convey the opposite:  her disinterest in the beholder.  Though repelled by him, she nevertheless needs him to sustain herself.  Consequently, the dancer is both a tragic and comic character.

The piece, a semi-fictitious self-portrait, also touches upon notions of the West’s gaze towards the other, Turkey, and its definitions of the exotic.