How can an artwork (or its author) be one and many at the same time? A talk by Ahmet Öğüt

July 19, 2022
7:00 pm

172 Classon Ave
Brooklyn, NY

e-flux presents a talk by artist Ahmet Öğüt. He will discuss recent and early works of his that incorporate artworks by other artists, employing, in his terms, a “modular approach to authorship.” Drawing from his latest work Jump Up! (which includes three works by David Hockney, Anna-Eva Bergman, and Victor Vasarely selected from the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje), as well as his recent series of essay documentaries Artists Making Music and Artworks Made at Home (which include footage from works by Art and Language, Kim Gordon, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Nástio Mosquito, Pipilotti Rist, Ulay, Harun Farocki, Martha Rosler, Agnieszka Polska, Kuang-Yu Tsui, Rebecca Horn, Hiwa K, Hussein Chalayan, Ana Husman, Ziad Antar, Alban Muja, and many others), Öğüt will demonstrate how this practice activates a collective trust among intergenerational artists, and necessitates the revision of institutional collections in a simultaneously friendly and antagonistic way.

Ahmet Öğüt (b. 1981, Diyarbakır) is an artist, sociocultural initiator, and lecturer. Working across a variety of media, including photography, video, and installation, Öğüt often uses humor and small gestures to offer his commentary on rather serious or pressing social and political issues. Öğüt is regularly collaborating with people from outside of the art world to create shifts in the perception of the common.