Ahmet Ögüt was born in 1981 in Diyarbakýr; lives and works in Amsterdam. Ögüt works with a variety of media such as video, photography, installation, drawing and printed media. His practice incorporates interventions created departing from social and political realities of everyday life and recent history. He received his BA from the Fine Arts Faculty of Hacettepe University, and his MFA from the Art and Design Faculty of Yildiz Technical University. Ögüt has been a guest artist at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam in 2007-2008.
Exhibitions in which his work has been included are among others: The Generational / New Museum, 7th SITE Santa Fe Biennial, 5th Berlin Biennial, Fuild Street / KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art, 1st Contemporary Art Biennale of Thessaloniki, 9th Istanbul Biennial, Be[com]ing Dutch / Van Abbemuseum, Stalking with Stories / Apexart, Car Culture / Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; and solo shows at Centre d'Art Santa Mònica, Küntlerhaus Bremen and Kunsthalle Basel.
Pavilion of Turkey
53rd International Art Exhibition
La Biennale di Venezia
Banu Cennetoglu , Ahmet Ögüt
curated by Basak Senova
Only by recognizing lapses do we realize our ability to restructure memory. Today, visual archives from the media form our collective memory. Is it possible to reveal diverse memory formations conceivable through lapses?
The "Lapses" project, developed for the Pavilion of Turkey, consists of projects that demonstrate how the perception of "occurring events" can vary and lead to the differing narrations of history because of lapses in collective memory. The project has been realized through works by two artists: Banu Cennetoglu's "CATALOG" and Ahmet Ögüt's "Exploded City". Both projects reveal the possibility for diverse memory formations or diverse narratives, conceivable through lapses.
The project is accompanied by a book series of three volumes: the first volume which is edited by Basak Senova explores the conceptual framework, the process and the spatial design; the second volume, edited by Jalal Toufic, functions as the source, inspiration, reference for the entire project, consisting of philosophical articles; and the third volume, edited by Basak Senova, discuses "lapses" through four case studies. The book series was designed by Eray Makal, 12punto.
The books are available for sale at Mondadori Electa bookshops at Giardini and Corderie dell'Arsenale.
The "Lapses" project is realized under the auspices of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the contribution of Promotion Fund of the Turkish Prime Ministry.