With support from the Swedish Arts Council and the Swedish International Cities of Refuge Network programme, BAC has invited Fikret Atay to Gotland. Here he will make research for a new work making use of the island’s history of receiving refugees, many of which arrived on boats to its many beaches. On Gotland he will be visiting the island’s beaches and meeting refugees to listen to their experiences of fleeing their countries.
Fikret Atay, 2018
Kurdish artist Fikret Atay often works with the tensions that rise from the opposition between the Eastern and Western civilisations, civilians and military, tradition and experimentation: a situation he has lived through in his hometown, Batman, located in Turkey on the Iraqi border.