One Kemal and all for one
A collection of contemporary images of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the revolutionary first president of the Republic of Turkey following World War I, comes to Santa Fe. On Tuesday, Oct. 5, Photo-eye Gallery hosts a book signing and lecture with Mike Mandel and Chantal Zakari, authors of The State of Ata: The Contested Imagery of Power in Turkey.
Photographer Mandel and artist Zakari, a married couple who are both teachers at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, traveled in Turkey for 12 years to survey the nation’s cultural history and present status. Part of their work included examining representations of Kemal. “Modern Turkey was founded in 1923 from the Anatolian remnants of the defeated Ottoman Empire by national hero Mustafa Kemal,” the CIA’s online World Factbook says, “who was later honored with the title Ataturk or ‘Father of the Turks.’ Under his authoritarian leadership, the country adopted wide-ranging social, legal, and political reforms.”
The State of Ata combines recent photographs taken in Turkey with archival imagery and notes from interviews. Zakari and Mandel will be at Photo-eye Gallery, 376-A Garcia St., from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 5; the lecture begins at 6:15 p.m. Call 988-5152 for details.
A collage of images from The State of Ata: The Contested Imagery of Power in Turkey