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b. 1981 in Diyarbakir (Turkey); lives and works between Berlin (Germany) and Istanbul (Turkey)
Ahmet Öğüt is out to create works that address complex social issues – immigration, demographic problems, the impact of economics on everyday life, worker reappropriation of tools – with a humour that highlights, rather than masks, the gravity of their subjects.
Ögüt represented Turkey at the Venice Biennale in 2009. His work has also been shown at the Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven), the Chisenhale Gallery and the ICA (London), the Galleria Civica (Trento) and the Tensta Konsthall (Stockholm).
With the kind assistance of Institut Lumière, Lyon
La vie moderne
Workers taking over the factory, 2015
Ahmet Öğüt is out to create works that address complex social issues – with a humour that highlights, rather than masks, the gravity of their subjects. In Lyon, Öğüt lighted on two episodes in Local history: the invention of the cinema by the Lumière brothers, and the textile industry. The former foreshadowed today’s society of the spectacle; the latter was the story of a technological advance that left many companies and their employees in poverty. Workers Leaving The Lumière Factory in Lyon, shot in Lyon in 1895, was the first film in the history of the cinema. The 120th anniversary of its making was celebrated at the very place where the Lumière brothers had placed their camera – now the Institut Lumière. On 19 March 2015, three thousand people played the parts of the workers coming out of the factory; Ahmet Öğüt took advantage of the event to ask some of them to come out carrying logos of companies that had been bankrupted, including several from the Rhône-Alpes region. In Öğüt’s installation, the sewing machines, which were used as stands for the viewers for looking at the images shot in Lyon, hark back to this history, as do the T-shirts specially designed for the Biennale staff, which have “100 percent product without a boss” printed on them.
Venues : La Sucrière
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