Ahmet Öğüt

Ahmet Öğüt (1981, Diyarbakır) is a sociocultural initiator, artist, and lecturer. Working across a variety of media, including photography, video, and installation, Öğüt often uses humor and small gestures to offer his commentary on rather serious or pressing social and political issues. Öğüt is regularly collaborating with people from outside of the art world to create shifts in the perception of common. He has exhibited widely, more recently with solo presentations at Kunstverein Dresden, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Chisenhale Gallery, and Van Abbemuseum. He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions. Öğüt has been a guest professor, mentor, tutor, advisor, and research teacher at several schools. 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 2011, Netherlands; and the Kunstpreis Europas Zukunft, Museum of Contemporary Art, Germany (2010). He co-represented Turkey at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009).

Balanced Banners
Performance, 2022

A performance (with Dhaka Art Summit, Samdani Art Foundation and Kiran Nadar Museum of Art) by artist Ahmet Ogut, will include a procession on traditional Latvian stilts, which will also turn into protest banners. Similar marches and protest demonstrations have taken place in the past in different regions of the world in connection with scarce commodities (in the Latvian context, examples of scarce commodities could be found during the war and perestroika: sunflower oil, steel, petrol, condensed milk, dry soups or generally hard-to-find goods such as mango, coffee, chocolate, bananas, and sugar) and easily obtainable products (herbal tea, mushrooms, wood, wheat, honey, amber, etc). A selection of scarce commodities will be represented on the banners. Documentation of this performance will be part of the final presentation of the work.