Istanbul and Amsterdam based artist Ahmet Öğüt, presents his first solo exhibition in Stuttgart featuring a comprehensive study of his recent projects; as well as earlier video based works and performances. The exhibition occupies both exhibition spaces at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart. Öğüt’s solo exhibition, This exhibition’s factual accuracy may be compromised due to its practical nature, aims to develop a critical perspective on how we demand and supply social changes as economical, but irrational subjects in a world in transition.
Witnessing political transitions in our global context, Ahmet Öğüt promises critical thinking and participatory imagination through his conceptualist approach. His understanding of political subjectivity and collective unconscious are reflected in his projects, in the way they communicate with potential audience.
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The audience is welcomed to the exhibition by posters entitled Post No Bills (2011-12), which include street tags appropriated from a Felix Gonzales Torres poster, Untitled (The End) (1990). The second floor includes earlier video works, Death Kit Train (2005), Short Circuit (2006) and an edited film program that shows documentation from Öğüt’s early performances. The fourth floor will focus on his recent works including Stones to throw (2011), and Oscar William Sam (2012). The exhibition functions as a space for investigating the new artistic directions Öğüt is heading to – with a focus on his recent works as well as the conceptual origins.
To contextualize Öğüt’s earlier work, a re-staging of an early performance work will test the Künstlerhaus audience – with a traditional game from Turkey, Okey. This will take place during the end of the exhibition.
In close collaboration with Lost Books – a Stuttgart-based publisher founded by Künstlerhaus Stuttgart studio-grant holder Juliane Otterbach – an artist book will accompany the exhibition and include Öğüt’s latest statement, Stones to throw (2011).
Photography: Bernhard Kahrmann