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The Drifters, 2018


Tafheet is an illegal act of drifting a car on two wheels while passengers lean out of the windows and dance while driving has been a popular pastime among young people in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates since the late 1970s. Öğüt takes inspiration from this phenomenon, and the fact that most of the cars used for the act are Japanese. Öğüt installs a real car as if it is drifting on the road in Kawanishi. A sub-culture of the Middle East and Japanese industrial technology intersect in the rural landscape.

Ahmet Öğüt, The Drifters, 2018, A balanced 80s Toyota Land Cruiser on two wheels. Commissioned by Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale

A balanced 80s Toyota Land Cruiser on two wheels. Commissioned by Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale

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Ahmet Öğüt

Ahmet Öğüt, born in 1981 in Diyarbakır, works across a variety of different media often picking up on an urban environment. With an eye for daily encounters and moments of improvisation his works address topics such as structural inequality, state suppression, censorship and forms of resistance. Singular acts of non alignment or collective struggles against militarized powers equally tend to inspire the aesthetic and thematic reflections that occur in Ahmet Öğüt's work just as the way he operates in the institutional ecology surrounding his practice. He had solo shows among others at Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2015), Chisenhale Gallery, London (2015), Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2012), Kunsthalle Lissabon (2011) and SALT Beyoglu, Istanbul (2011). He has participated in group shows such as the 11th Gwangju Biennale (2016), Manifesta 11 (2016), “Museum On/OFF” at Centre Pompidou, Paris (2016), the 13th Biennale de Lyon (2015), “Political Populism” at Kunsthalle Wien, the Kyiv Biennial (2015) and many more.

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