One Ke­mal and all for one

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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

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