Forward! - solo exhibition Ahmet Ögüt

Courtesy Ahmet Ögüt. Design: Peter Zuiderwijk, Collective Works
Ahmet Ögüt, Bakunin's Barricade, 2014. Installation view Forward! Van Abbemuseum. Photo: Peter Cox
Ahmet Ögüt, Installation view Forward! Van Abbemuseum. Photo: Peter Cox
Ahmet Ögüt, Exploded City, 2009. Installation view Forward! 2015. Photo: Peter Cox
Ahmet Ögüt, River Crossing. Installation view Forward! Van Abbemuseum. Photo: Peter Cox

Forward! solo exhibition Ahmet Ögüt

07/03/2015 - 14/06/2015

art in multivalent forms

Opening Saturday 7 March
16.00 Word of welcome by Charles Esche, director Van Abbemuseum
16.15 Opening speech by Nick Aikens and Annie Fletcher, curators Forward!
16.30 Word of welcome by the artist Ahmet Ögüt

19.30 Live Performance of by Ahmet Ögüt in collaboration with the band Fino Blendax, Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven

In the Spring of 2015 the Van Abbemuseum will host Kurdish artist Ahmet Ögüt (Turkey 1981). Forward! will be his most ambitious exhibition to date. It will include a number of large-scale installations that will occupy the ten galleries of the museum’s old building but will also spill out, beyond its walls, in surprising and captivating ways.
Ögüt’s output over the past ten years has been dauntingly prolific. It spans video, gallery-based installations, site-specific sculptures or long-term pedagogical programmes. Ögüt’s practice, which always responds to a specific socio-political context (often, but less and less restricted to, his native Turkey or the Netherlands where he has been based for the past several years) and which deploys the poetic to the pedagogical makes a case for the necessity of speaking to politics through art in multivalent forms. Ögüt has constantly sought to engage audiences and debates outside the field of art, understanding that artistic thinking can be best deployed when it steps outside its own frames of reference. Other facets of Ögüt’s practice draw on metaphors, reenactments or interventions that show a more playful approach to the subjects, histories and contexts he wishes to address.
In the exhibition viewers will be invited to navigate their way through a series of installations, images and encounters where different artistic strategies and stories are presented. These emerge in the way Ögüt’s uses his own artistic persona or through the evocation of different histories and their relevance to society today. In all of them the artist’s interventions invites us to think about art’s role in questioning and un-settling accepted givens, and make us a look at the world afresh. As such, Ögüt’s approach sits with one of the Van Abbemuseum’s core beliefs that art has the capacity to make us ‘imagine the world otherwise’.
Curators: Nick Aikens and Annie Fletcher
Curatorial Assistant: Lena Reisner
Design interlocutor: Peter Zuiderwijk, Collective Works

Read Ahmet Ögüt's recent essay on E-Flux: CCC - Currency of Collective Consciousness

Victoria Lynn and Nikos Papastergiadis
'Art as Action'
L'internationale Online

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