Fabulous Muscles is a :29 second video loop that won third place at the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County’s Juried “Biennial 2021" Description & credits below: Fabulous Muscles is a reference to a beautiful and unsettling song about love and violence by Xiu Xiu. It took many conversations with Roger Jackson, Kevin Laurore & Akia Dorsainvil to feel comfortable with its creation and release. Maybe I’m still not comfortable with it. The intention of the piece is to show what the male gaze looks like toward gay black men. Though coming from a place of respect and admiration, there’s still a fear that artists are exploiting BIPOC and LGBTQ+ persons for our work, without any of the risk. This piece is both an example and a subversion of that feeling. As a creator, it’s safe behind the camera, asking collaborators to be open and vulnerable. In the end, does the world mimic the art or do we make each other stronger?
Credits Created by Ates Isildak Featuring Roger Jackson & Kevin Laurore Music by John Richters
Ates Isildak lives and works in Palm Beach County. His parents are both from Turkey. Ates Isildak received a B.A. in English Literature from University of Central Florida, and is an Alumn of Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Using short films, music videos, and photography, Ates Isildak aims to create a safe space and medium in which marginalized communities can exuberantly express themselves. He is a recipient of the 2019-2020 South Florida Cultural Consortium, a participant in the South Florida Cultural Council’s 2021 Biennial, and is currently working on an Art In Public Places documentary for the City of West Palm Beach.
Ates Isildak’s works have appeared at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Spectrum Miami Art Basel, Cultural Council (Stuart & Lake Worth), Fritz Gallery. His video work has been premiered online by Troma, Spin Magazine, Flood Magazine, Office Magazine, Consequence of Sound, Noisey, & Vice.