Born in 1977 in Muş, Eastern Turkey, lives and works in the UK. She graduated in 2008 from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Fine Art. She is currently Digital Print Tutor at the Royal Academy Schools.
Güler Ates’ multidisciplinary work encompasses video, photography, printmaking, and performance, through which she explores her experience of identity, diaspora and cultural displacement. Her artworks can be found in the UK’s Government Art Collection, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Royal Academy of Arts and Ben Uri Gallery & Museum in London, the Oude Kerk, Huis Marseille Museum for Photography and Museum Van Loon in Amsterdam, the Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR) in Rio de Janeiro and the Museum of Oriental Art in Turin.
Ates has undertaken solo exhibitions at the Museum of Oriental Art, Turin in 2019/20; at Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam in 2017; at the Unseen Photo Festival, Amsterdam and Salvation Army International HQ, London in 2016; at the House of St Barnabas and Art First, London and Spazio Nea, Naples in 2015; at Marcelle Joseph Projects, London, Warmond Castle, Amsterdam (with Marian Cramer Projects), Instituto Inclusartiz, Rio de Janiero and Kubikgallery, Porto in 2014; at Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam and the Royal Academy of Arts’ Café Gallery, London in 2013; at The Loft, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Art First, London, and Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam in 2012; at Great Fosters, Egham, UK in 2011; and at Leighton House Museum, London and Gallery Point-1, Okinawa, Japan in 2010.
Ates’ work has been included in the Royal Academy of Arts’ Summer Exhibition over several years. She has participated in numerous groups exhibitions including Absent Authors at APT Gallery, London in 2021; Migrations: masterworks from the Ben Uri Collection at the Museum of Gloucester in 2019-20; Unexpected: Continuing Narratives of Identity and Migration at Ben Uri Gallery & Museum, London in 2016; Journey at the Jewish Museum, London in 2015; Some Schools are Cages and Some Schools are Wings at Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR), Rio de Janeiro in 2014; 2Q13: Women Collectors, Women Artists at Lloyds Club, London in 2013 and the 3rd International Canakkale Biennial, Turkey in 2012.
Ates has completed residencies at ArtSite Fest, Turin in 2018; Eton College, Windsor in 2015; Instituto Inclusartiz, Rio de Janeiro in 2013-14; Art Suites, Bodrum, Turkey in 2014; Space 118 and The Loft at the Lower Parel, Mumbai and Rajasthan in 2012 and 2009 and Cite Internationale Des Arts, Paris in 2007.