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.
Silvan, Diyarbakir, 1981