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Ahmet Öğüt, "United"

Ahmet Öğüt  is invited to the eleventh edition of Gwangju Biennale (2 September–16 November 2016) titled “The Eighth Climate (What does art do?)” curated by Binna Choi. “The Eighth climate” in the exhibition’s title refers to a state, or inter world, that one might reach using imaginative capacities. The notion of the eighth climate dates back to 12th-century Persian mystic and philosopher Sohrevardi, and was elaborated by 20th-century French philosopher Henri Corbin. SAHA provided support for the production of the new animation video work “United” by Ahmet Öğüt.

Selma Gürbüz (1995), Ayşe Erkmen (2000), Gülsün Karamustafa (2000), Bülent Şangar (2000), Hale Tenger (2000), Oda Projesi (2002), Halil Altındere (2002), Esra Ersen (2002), Bülent Şangar (2002), Ahmet Öktem (2004), Can Altay (2008), xurban_collective (Güven İncirlioğlu & Hakan Topal, 2012), Banu Cennetoğlu (2014), Gülsün Karamustafa (2014), Güneş Terkol (2014) and Nil Yalter (2014) have participated in the Gwangju Biennale from Turkey between 1995–2012.

About Ahmet Öğüt

Ahmet Öğüt (1981, Diyarbakır) received the 2013 Visible Award, Fondazione Pistoletta & Fondazione Zegna for founding The Silent University. Following his BA from the Fine Arts Faculty at Hacettepe University, Ankara, and MA from Art and Design Faculty at Yıldız Teknik University, Istanbul, he participated in an artist residency program at Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam 2007–2008. He lives in Berlin and Amsterdam. Selected solo exhibitions: Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 2015; Chisenhale Gallery, London, 2015; Delfina Foundation, London, 2012; SALT Beyoğlu, Istanbul, 2011; Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, 2010; and Kunsthalle Basel, 2008. Selected group exhibitions: 11th Gwangju Biennale, 2016; Manifesta 11, Zürich, 2016; Kyiv Biennial, 2015; 13th Biennale de Lyon, 2015; 19th Biennale of Sydney, 2014; Performa 13 and 09, New York, 2013 and 2009; 12th and 9th Istanbul Biennials, 2011 and 2005; 5th Berlin Biennial, 2008, co-represention at the Pavilion of Turkey Pavilion, 53rd Venice Biennale, 2009. 

About Gwangju Biennale

The Gwangju Biennale was established in 1995 in the South Jeolla province of South Korea in the city of Gwangju, and is known as Asia's oldest and most prestigious biennial of contemporary art. The Biennale was founded in memory of the spirit of 1980 civil uprising against the repression of the Gwangju Democratization Movement and now provides a global perspective on contemporary art.

Under the helm of previous curators which include Kerry Brougher, Sukwon Chang, Okwui Enwezor, Charles Esche, Hou Hanru, Honghee Kim, Yongwoo Lee, Youngchul Lee, Kwangsoo Oh, Wankyoung Sung, Harald Szeemann, Nancy Adajania, Wassan Al-Khudhairi, MamiKataoka, Sunjung Kim, Carol Yinghua Lu, and Alia Swastika, Gwangju Biennale has established itself as one of the highlights of the international contemporary art biennale circuit.

Previous editions of Biennales went under the following titles: Beyond the Borders (1995), Unmapping the Earth (1997), Man and Space (2000), P_A_U_S_E (2002), A Grain of Dust A Drop of Water (2004), Fever Variations (2006), Annual Report : A year in Exhibitions(2008), 10000 Lives (2010), Roundtable (2012) and Burning Down the House (2014).