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The Missing T, 2018


"On the welcome monument when entering the town Tulum, The letter T was missing when I arrived there. I found the original T, after hiding inside a Mayan Black Obsidian Stone which is used for observing the sun, I placed it back on the monument. Using the T as a metaphorical connection, I interviewed recently dismissed former police officers because of their recent strike against corrupted government and it's relation to cartels. The details they shared was dangerous, so I decided to use Mayan language as a coded tool to share their story in the local context (I will add English subtitles for international audience) They simply talk about how they started the strike, details of how they don't have any safety, and how all the funds stolen, as they even had to buy their own uniforms and equipments, and what other jobs they do currently etc."

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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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