Born in Diyarbakir, Turkey in 1981, Ahmet Öğüt has gained international acclaim for his subtle references to complex topics including religion, social and rural customs, and the spectre of war, often offset by an edge of humour. Winner of the Volkskrant Art Prize 2011, Ahmet’s recent solo exhibitions include Modern Essays 1: Across the Slope, SALT, Istanbul, 2011; Once upon a time a clock-watcher during overtime hours, Fondazione Giuliani, Rome; Stones to Throw, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon; Exploded City / MATRIX 231, The MATRIX Program at the UC Berkeley Art Museum, Ricochet # 4, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich; Speculative Social Fantasies, Artspace Visual Arts Centre in Sydney; Europas Zukunft 2010, Museum of Contemporary Art (GfZK) Leipzig; and Mutual Issues, Inventive Acts, Kunsthalle Basel. Selected group exhibitions include 12th Istanbul Biennial; 4th Moscow Biennial; 2011 Asian Art Biennial, Taichung; Trickster Makes This World, Nam June Paik Art Center; Performa 09, New York; 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art; Stalking with Stories, Apexart, New York; and 9th International Istanbul Biennial. In 2009 he co-represented Turkey at the 53rd Venice Biennale together with Banu Cennetoğlu.

Ahmet Öğüt
Silvan, Diyarbakir, 1981

Past Exhibitions

Chkoun Ahna. On the Track of History

National Museum of Carthage 12/05/2012 — 15/06/2012

Solo Shows

Ahmet Ögüt, ALT Bomonti, Istanbul, TR (upcoming)
Studio Ögüt, Galerie Wedding, Berlin, DE (upcoming)

Forward! Vooruit!, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL
Happy Together: Collaborators Collaborating, Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK

We Won’t Leave, Parking Gallery VANSA , Johannesburg, ZA
Ljubljana Express: 10 Years of Distance, Galeri Siyah Beyaz, Ankara, TR
Apparatuses of Subversion, Horst-Janssen-Museum, Oldenburg, DE
Strategies for Radical Democracy, The Blackwood Gallery at University of Toronto, CA

Fahrenheit 451: Reprinted, Checkpoint Helsinki, Helsinki, FI
When the axis of the Hamster’s wheel is lodged inside Sisyphus’ boulder, Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina, KV

This exhibition’s factual accuracy may be compromised due to its practical nature, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, DE
Ahmet Ögüt, Protocinema/Itinerant, New York, US
Or whistle spontaneously, Delfina Foundation, London, UK

Group Shows

11th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, KR (upcoming)
British Art Show 8, Edinburgh, Norwich, UK
Museum On/OFF, Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR
Reset Modernity! , ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, DE
Okayama Art Summit , Okayama, JP (upcoming)
Hacking Habitat, Former prison at Utrecht Wolvenplein, NL
Take Position, Kestnergesellschaf, Hannover, DE
Manifesta 11, Zurich, CH

13th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, FR
British Art Show 8, Leeds Art Gallery, UK
Political Populism, Kunsthalle Wien, AT
Don’t Folow The Wind, Non-Visitor Center – Watari-Um – Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, JP
The School of Kyiv – Kyiv Biennial 2015, Kiev, UA
Every Inclusion is an Exclusion of Other Possibilities, SALT Beyoğlu, Istanbul, TR Fairy Tales, Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan
Im Inneren Der Stadt. Öffentlicher Raum Und Frei-Raum, GAK – Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst e.V. Bremen, DE
The City Rises – Bid Project, Milan, IT
Project 35: The Last Act – Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Mosco, RU
Are you talking to me?, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum Ludwigshafen, DE
Istanbul: Passion, Joy, Fury, MAXXI Museo nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo, Rome, IT

8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT), Shenzhen, CN
Afterimage. Images of conflict, MART- Galleria Civica di Trento, IT
Permanent Playfulness, Galeria Mendes Wood, São Paulo, BR
The Part In The Story Where A Part Becomes A Part Of Something Else, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, NL
Journal, ICA, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
19th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, AU
You can only think about something if you think of something else, Times Museum, Guangzhou, CN
Giving Contours to Shadows, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (NBK), Berlin, DE
The Day After Debt, The Broad Art Museum, Michigan and Protocinema, New York, US
Book Works: The Artist’s Library, Whitechapel Library, London, UK
The Rebel City, ADN Platform, Barcelona, ES

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Silvan, Diyarbakir Country of birth: Turkey Date of birth: 1981 Lives in: Amsterdam and Berlin
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