The State of Ata.
The Contested Imagery of Power in Turkey.
Photographs by Mike Mandel and Chantal Zakari.
Eighteen Publications, 2010. 272 pp., 393 color and 9 black & white illustrations, 8x9¼".
The State of Ata adresses the
social themes that define contemporary
examining the imagery of
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the country’s
revolutionary leader after
WorldWar I, the volume interweaves
artists’ interventions and archival
imagery. The result is a complex
visual exploration of the uses of
Atatürk’s imagery and the way in
which it functions in contemporary
Turkish society as a perceived
link to Western culture, and as a
symbol in opposition to the rise
of the Islamist political movement.
Mike Mandel and Chantal
Zakari conceived The State of Ata
as a collection of books within a
book—a photograph album, a
volume of military portraits, a
diary—and the result is a unique
project that will appeal not only
to those fascinated by Turkish
culture, but also to anyone interested
in the popular representations
of cult historical figures.
Read Sebastian Arthur Hau's review of State of Ata in photo-eye Magazine.
Read the interview with Mike Mandel and Chantal Zakari on photo-eye Blog.