Ahmet Öğüt

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A portrait of Ahmet against a blue sky and a few large trees. He is looking off behind the camera, and is wearing red bomber jacket with a design on it over a white tee. He has a thick beard and a serious look on his face. An internationally-renowned sociocultural initiator and conceptual artist, Öğüt consistently seeks out collaborators from outside of the art world. Working across different media, he finds unique ways to grapple with complex social issues ranging from migration to civil unrest with a sense of humor. 

Ahmet Öğüt was born in 1981 in Silvan, Turkey. Following Diyarbakir Fine Art high school, he completed his BA from the Fine Arts Faculty at Hacettepe University, Ankara and MA from Art and Design Faculty at Yıldız Teknik University, Istanbul. He has been the subject of solo exhibitions at YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Azerbaijan; Kunstverein Dresden, Germany; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Chisenhale Gallery, London; Berkeley Art Museum; and Kunsthalle Basel, Swizerland. He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea; Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale; the 13th Biennale de Lyon, France; the 5th Biennial of Visual Art Performance, New York; the 7th Liverpool Biennial; the 12th Istanbul Biennial; the New Museum Triennial, New York; and the 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art. Öğüt was awarded the Visible Award for the Silent University (2013); the special prize of the Future Generation Art Prize, Pinchuk Art Centre, Ukraine (2012); the De Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs, Netherlands (2011); and the Kunstpreis Europas Zukunft, Museum of Contemporary Art, Germany (2010). He co-represented Turkey at the 53rd Venice Biennale.He lives and works in Amsterdam and Istanbul.

 

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WORK IN THE EXHIBITION: 

A white flag flying in a gray sky. The flag has a thumb illustrated in the bottom left corner, and in the top left it says “If you’d like to see this flag in colors, burn it.”

Ahmet Öğüt, If You’d Like to See This Flag in Colors, Burn It (In memory of Marinus Boezem), 2017. Nylon flag, dimensions variable. Presented as part of Creative Time’s Pledges of Allegiance, 2017 - 2018. Courtesy the artist and Creative Time, New York. Photo by Guillaume Ziccarelli.