Born in Iskenderun, Turkey, Fatma Bucak works in performance, photography, and video on subjects centered in political identity, religious mythology, and landscape as history. Her works are often participatory and are rooted in the political environments in which she works. Her recent project I must say a word about fear (2014) brought together seven ordinary Egyptian people to produce a sound installation composed from the sounds participants made while exploring objects that they had chosen to embody their fears in an environment of serious political turmoil. In 2013, Bucak won the 13th Illy Present Future Prize, and had her solo at the Castello di Rivoli Museum the following year. She was artist-in-residence at Townhouse, Cairo in 2014 and went on to win the Academy Now London award as well as being a finalist for the Catlin Art Prize and Kino Der Kunst Project Award. Her work was featured in the 54th Venice Biennale, Tese di San Cristoforo in 2011. Bucak earned her BA from the Albertina Academy of Fine Art, Turin, and her MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art, London.