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Ahmet Öğüt

Day After Debt: A Call for Student Loan Relief

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University and the Istanbul-based art organization Protocinema organised "Day After Debt: A Call for Student Loan Relief", a collaborative project initiated by Ahmet Öğüt that examines student debt in higher education in collaboration with Debt Collective. SAHA supported the production of new works by Ahmet Öğüt. 
The exhibition, which is installed in public spaces throughout the Broad MSU, runs from November 23 through April 12, 2015, and includes new commissions by Ahmet Öğüt, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Dan Perjovschi, Martha Rosler, Superflex and Krzysztof Wodiczko. "Day After Debt" is organized by the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University and is curated by Mari Spirito, founding director of Protocinema.

"Day After Debt" is a response to the debt culture that has grown around the demand for higher education in the United States and the pressures that it places upon graduates. Öğüt has invited artists to design and produce a series of sculptures that function as collection points for public contributions to student loan debt relief.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, a Zaha Hadid-designed contemporary art museum at Michigan State University, is dedicated to exploring global contemporary culture and ideas through art. Opened on Nov. 10, 2012, the dynamic 46,000-square-foot museum serves as both a teaching institution and a cultural hub for East Lansing and the region. In keeping with MSU's commitment to applying knowledge to benefit society and further the global common good, the Broad MSU's program of original and traveling exhibitions; initiatives with living artists; performances; and educational offerings for students, faculty, and the community make the museum a center for questioning and understanding the modern world. With a collection containing 7,500 objects from the Greek and Roman periods through the Renaissance and on to the Modern, the Broad MSU is uniquely able to contextualize the wide range of contemporary art practices within a firm historical context. The museum is named in honor of Eli and Edythe Broad, longtime supporters of the university who provided the lead gift of $28 million. 


Protocinema is a mission driven art organization that makes transnational, site-aware exhibitions around the world. Founded in 2011 by Mari Spirito, this registered 501(c)3 organization is based in Istanbul and New York. Collaborations, interventions and exhibitions are presented in spaces specific to each artist(s) and their visions. Protocinema creates opportunities for emerging and established artists from all regions to realize new work and exhibit existing work in a variety of contexts that are accessible to a wide range of individuals.