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Kutluğ Ataman (born 1961) is a Turkish contemporary artist and filmmaker, who produces both photography and video art. He won the Carnegie Prize for his works "Kuba" in 2004. In the same year he was nominated for Turner Prize for his work "twelve". Kutlug Ataman was the jury for Istanbul Film Festival. His movies won many awards.

Kutluğ Ataman
Kutluğ Ataman in 2006
Born1961 (age 57–58)
Alma materUniversity of California
Known forvideo art, documentary films
Notable work
İki Genç Kız



Ataman was born in Istanbul in 1961; his father was a diplomat. As a young man, he was involved in filming the events of the 1980 Turkish coup d'état, which led to his imprisonment and torture.[1] After his release, in 1981 he left Turkey and moved to California, remaining there for 15 years. He graduated in 1985 with a BA in Film from the University of California and completed his MFA in 1988. As of 2004 he lives in Istanbul, London and Barcelona.[2]

Openly gay himself, Ataman's work often explores sexual identity and gender.[3] In 1997 he filmed Turkish opera diva Semiha Berksoy, and his piece Women Who Wear Wigs featured four Turkish women – a revolutionary whose face remained obscured, well-known journalist and breast cancer survivor Nevval Sevindi, an anonymous devout Muslim student, and a transsexual.[4]

Ataman was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2004 for his contribution to the Istanbul. In the same year Ataman won the Carnegie Prize for his video installation Kuba, and for various exhibitions in 2003–2004.[5] He received the "Best Director" award for the film İki Genç Kız at the 2005 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival[6] The Lamb movie won many awards. The movie got the best director and the best movie awards.[1]



  • Karanlık Sular (1993)
  • Lola + Bilidikid (1999)
  • İki Genç Kız (2005)
  • Journey to The Moon (2009)
  • The Lamb (2014)


  1. ^ a b Prince, Mark. "Ataman's Logos". Art In America Magazine. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  2. ^ Kutlug Ataman: Paradise | OCMA | Orange County Museum of Art
  3. ^ Ratnam, Niru (29 December 2002). "Kutlug Ataman". The Observer. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  4. ^ ‘Women Who Wear Wigs’, Kutlug Ataman, 1999 | Tate
  5. ^ Turner Prize 2004 artists: Kutlug Ataman | Tate
  6. ^ Turkish Director Kutlug Ataman’s ‘The Lamb’ Takes Top Honors At Antalya Film Festival – Variety

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Preceded by
Uğur Yücel
Golden Orange Award for Best Director
for İki Genç Kız
Succeeded by
Nuri Bilge Ceylan

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