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Ahmet Öğüt: Round-the-clock

July 13, 2016 – October 9, 2016
Tues-Sat 13.00–21.00, Sun 11.00–19.00

Alt, Bomontiada, Tarihi Bomonti Bira Fabrikası, Birahane Sokak No: 1, Bomonti, Istanbul

This major solo exhibition of Ahmet Öğüt, a Berlin- and Amsterdam-based artist, will mainly feature newly commissioned works, including sculptures, installation and video, that collectively reflect on temporality, injustice and resistance.

Two new works look particularly intriguing: ‘While Others Attack’ (‘Diğerleri Saldırırken’) features abstract-figurative bronze sculptures that are based on archival photographs of people being attacked by police dogs during historical protests from South Africa’s Cape Town to Alabama’s Birmingham during the Civil Rights Movements. The associations with public monuments or aristocratic busts suggest perpetual struggle.

Another new work, ‘For Six Months’ (‘Altı Aylık’), consists of street signs of former art spaces: museums, galleries, foundations, nonprofits or artist-run spaces, mapping what appeared and disappeared in Istanbul’s cultural life and the economic, social and political affects. Öğüt’s work takes on an palpable dimension, given that Alt is a new art space facing the same uncertainty of previous spaces.

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