Ahmet Öğüt

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Ahmet Öğüt (born 1981 in Diyarbakır, Turkey) is a conceptual artist living and working in Amsterdam, Netherlands and Berlin, Germany. He works with a broad range of media including video, photography, installation, drawing and printed media.


Ahmet Öğüt received his BA from the Fine Arts Faculty of Hacettepe University, Ankara, in 2003, and his MFA from the Art and Design Faculty of Yıldız Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2006. Öğüt has been a guest artist at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam in 2007–2008.[1]


In 2009, Ahmet Öğüt represented Turkey with Banu Cennetoğlu at the 53rd Venice Biennale in Venice, Italy.[2][3][4]

He is the founder of 'The Silent University', a programme for and with asylum seekers, refugees and migrants to give and take courses. Parts of the participative project were hosted between 2012 and 2013 at Tate Modern, Delfina Foundation, and The Showroom in London, UK.[5][6][7]

In 2020, Öğüt had a solo exhibition at Yarat Contemporary Art Space in Baku, Azerbaijan. Due to the institution's use of the exhibition banner as a propaganda means in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, he asked for his exhibition to be taken down.[8][9][10]


Ahmet Öğüt has been a guest professor, tutor, advisor, and research teacher at several schools. Among the schools are Institut für Kunst im Kontext at Universität der Künste Berlin; Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht; Sandberg Institute Amsterdam; Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki; TransArts - Transdisziplinäre Kunst, Institut für Bildende und Mediale Kunst Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien; and DAI (Dutch Art Institute) Arnhem. [11]

Since 2021 Öğüt ist guest professor at Universität der Künste Berlin at the Institut für Kunst im Kontext. [12]

Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 'Ahmet Öğüt', Mala Galerija / The Museum of Modern Art of Ljubljana, 2005
  • 'Ahmet Öğüt and Borga Kantürk', Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul, 2006
  • 'Softly But Firmly', Galerija Miroslav Kraljevic, Zagreb, 2007
  • 'Across the Slope', Centre d'Art Santa Mònica, Barcelona, 2008
  • 'Mutual Issues, Inventive Acts', Kunsthalle Basel, 2008
  • 'Things we count', Künstlerhaus Bremen, 2009
  • 'Speculative Social Fantasies', Artspace, Sydney, 2010
  • 'Ahmet Öğüt: No Protest Lost', curated by Henriette Bretton-Meyer, at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2017-2018[13]
  • 'Ahmet Öğüt: No poem loves its poet', curated by Mari Spirito, at Yarat Contemporary Art Space, Baku, Azerbaijan, 2020[8][9][10]
  • 'Jump up!', MoCA Skopje – Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje, North Macedonia, 2022 [14]

Group exhibitions[edit]


  • Today in History (published by Book Works, London and Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul, 2007) ISBN 978-1-906012-02-1[15]
  • Softly but Firmly (published by Galerija Miroslav Kraljevic, Zagreb, 2007) ISBN 978-3-86588-420-6[16]
  • On The Road to Other Lands (published by A Prior and 5th Berlin Biennial, 2008)[17]
  • Informal Incidents (published by art-ist contemporary art, Istanbul, 2008) ISBN 978-975-00290-5-9[18]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "ahmet ogut - biography". www.ahmetogut.com. Archived from the original on 2009-04-01. Retrieved 2009-06-19.
  2. ^ a b "LAPSES / CONCEPT". venicebiennial-turkey.org. Archived from the original on 2018-10-14. Retrieved 2018-10-24.
  3. ^ a b Higgins, Charlotte (2009-06-09). "Venice Biennale: the don't miss list". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Archived from the original on 2021-02-21. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  4. ^ a b Golonu, Berin (2009-06-09). "Report From Venice The Wrap". Art in America. ISSN 0004-3214. Archived from the original on 2020-10-20. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  5. ^ "Ahmet Ögüt: The Silent University". Delfina Foundation. Archived from the original on 2021-02-21. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  6. ^ "Ahmet Ögüt: The Silent University Resource Room". The Showroom. Archived from the original on 2020-10-26. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  7. ^ Thorne, Sam (2012-09-01). "Opinion – New Schools". Frieze. No. 149. ISSN 0962-0672. Archived from the original on 2020-12-03. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  8. ^ a b "YARAT CENTRE: AHMET ÖĞÜT NO POEM LOVES ITS POET - YARAT". Yarat Contemporary Art Space. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  9. ^ a b Sansom, Anna (2020-10-30). "Artist demands Baku art centre pulls his exhibition for using it as a 'propaganda tool' in Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict". The Art Newspaper. ISSN 0960-6556. Archived from the original on 2020-12-05. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  10. ^ a b Dafoe, Taylor (2020-10-30). "Artist Ahmet Ögüt Has Withdrawn His Work From an Azerbaijani Museum After It Used His Name in a Propaganda Campaign". artnet News. Archived from the original on 2020-11-27. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  11. ^ weiterempfehlen, Seite per E.-Mail; weiterempfehlen, Seite auf Facebook; weiterempfehlen, Seite auf Twitter. "Ahmet Öğüt". www.udk-berlin.de (in German). Retrieved 2022-09-27. {{cite web}}: |first2= has generic name (help)
  12. ^ "biography — Ahmet Öğüt". ahmetogut.com. Retrieved 2022-09-27.
  13. ^ "Ahmet Öğüt: No Protest Lost". Kunsthal Charlottenborg. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  14. ^ "Museum of Contemporary Art". Retrieved 2022-09-27.
  15. ^ http://www.bookworks.org.uk/asp/detail.asp?uid=book_E9872CEF-886D-49DD-B679-64218164C541&sub=past[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "Revolver". Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2009-06-19.
  17. ^ "Catalogues • Kunsthalle Basel". Kunsthalle Basel. Archived from the original on 2008-12-28. Retrieved 2009-06-19.
  18. ^ "Pandora - Ahmet Öğüt : Kayıtdışı Vukuatlar - Informal Incidents - Halil Altındere - Kitap - ISBN 9789750029059". www.pandora.com.tr. Archived from the original on 2011-06-09. Retrieved 2009-06-19.