Fatma Bucak studied Philosophy in Istanbul University and Etching in Italy at the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts and received her MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art, London. 

Bucak's works are shaped around performance, photography, sound, and video center on political identity, religious mythology, and landscape as a space of historical renegotiation. She has had solo exhibitions at Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art (Turin), Pori Art Museum (Finland), ARTER (Istanbul), Artpace (San Antonio), Alberto Peola Contemporary Art Gallery (Turin), and The Ryder Project (London). Her work has also been featured at the 54th Venice Biennale, The Jewish Museum (New York), International Festival of Non-fiction Film, MoMA (New York), SALT (Istanbul), ICA (London), Spike Island (Bristol), Contemporary Art Platform Gallery Space (Kuwait), Manifesta 9-Parallel events (Genk), La Permanente Museum (Milan), Fondazione Fotografia (Modena), and Art in General (New York). In 2013 Bucak was awarded with 13th Illy Present Future Prize, and was selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries in the same year. She was artist-in-residence at Townhouse, Cairo in 2014 and went on to win the Academy Now London award. She received the ARTER – Koç Foundation Contemporary Art Grant and UniCredit Project Grant in 2011. 

Fatma Bucak lives in London and İstanbul. She is currently preparing her solo show at David Winton Bell Gallery, Providence.