Kutlug Ataman: Journey to the Moon

Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 6:00 pm
Photo of Kutlug Ataman with a glass of milk
Multimedia artist Kutluğ Ataman visits San Francisco State to screen his film Journey to the Moon, followed by a discussion with Gary Garrels, SFMOMA senior curator of painting and sculpture. Ataman, based in Istanbul, has exhibited his work internationally, including at the 2015 Venice Biennial. He won the 2004 Carnegie Prize and, in the same year, was one of four artists shortlisted for the Turner Prize, the U.K.'s most prestigious visual arts award. Ataman has also won numerous awards for his feature film work. Free.
Fine Arts Building, Coppola Theatre
School of Cinema, School of Art
School of Cinema
Event extras: 


  • 6pm: Film screening, A Journey to the Moon
  • 8pm: Conversation with Ataman and Gary Garrels, SFMOMA senior curator of painting and sculpture

Journey to the Moon

Set in a remote village in Erzincan province, Eastern Turkey, Journey to the Moon follows the quest of four villagers to travel to the moon, documented with the use of found black-and-white photos and the aid of a local narrator. Established Turkish intellectuals offer their views of the events that took place in 1957. The resulting film curiously becomes an in-depth study of contemporary Turkish culture, rather than an historical documentary.