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Fred Ata is currently a working artist in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. He obtained his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell in 2004 where he concentrated in black and white analog photography. He recently obtained his Master’s of Fine Arts from Tufts University in conjunction with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA. He currently works in Video and incorporates elements of performance. Ata is currently an adjunct faculty at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and a video editor at HarvardX.
With Ata being a transplant from Lebanon, he decided to make his work revolve around identity and all the weight in which that word carries. Identity in which concerns culture, gender and sexuality, both representational and subjective. He approaches cross-cultural upbringing as having an impact on interactions within society, and question what effects that such upbringings could have on insecurity and assimilation to foreign situations. Ata is interested in the loss of culture, while trying to achieve a new yet unattainable ideal. He has worked with his family, asking them to participate in information exchange and memory recollection of their immigration. Ata is interested in working with non-artists in hopes of involving the public in an artistic practice that they would not have had the opportunity to be a part of otherwise.
Ata addresses desires for the persistence of linear cultural and familial traditions from one generation to the next while also showing their necessary transformation in contemporary diasporic locales by second and third generation subjects living in queer time. Through his work, Ata playfully confronts the viewer by luring them in through comedy and beauty. Only after, may the viewer realize that they too are privy to the oriental gaze.