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Ferhat Özgür

SAHA supported the production of Ferhat Özgür’s work for his solo show at the University of Michigan Museum of Art between the dates 5 December 2015–27 March 2016.

In Ferhat Özgür’s "Metamorphosis Chat", two women are chatting over a cup of tea in a traditional Turkish living room. One of the women is neatly dressed in modern clothes and her friend’s attire is representative of a more conservative Muslim culture. The critical moment occurs when the woman in modern dress kindly asks her friend if she ever wishes to remove her scarf to be more comfortable. It is at this moment that the women begin a game of swapping clothes.

About Ferhat Özgür

Ferhat Özgür (1965, Ankara) lives and works in Istanbul. Some of the issues that Ferhat Özgür tackles in his works include urban transformation, gentrification, migration and civil rights. He focuses on the tension between the modern city and poor conditions of everyday life. He also addresses survival tactics and rituals articulated in response to suppression and establishes a critical voice that borders on irony. His work has been exhibited extensively internationally, at PS1/MoMA (solo, 2012) 6th Berlin Biennial, Germany (2010); 10th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (2007); 22nd Alexandria Biennial, Egypt (2003); 1st Tirana Biennial, Albania (2001). His works also take place in the collections of major museums including the Centre George Pompidou, Paris, the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, MUMOK, Vienna Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin.  

About the University of Michigan Museum of Art

The University of Michigan Museum of Art seeks to transform individual and civic life by promoting the discovery, contemplation, and enjoyment of the art of our world. One of the finest university art museums in the country, UMMA holds collections representing 150 years of art collecting. A dynamic schedule of special exhibitions and interpretative programs connects visitors with the rich artistic legacy of the past and today’s avant-garde. The University of Michigan’s art collection is among the oldest in the nation in university hands. In 1856, years before the great civic art museums in Detroit, Toledo, or Chicago were founded, UM students and the general public had free access to an art gallery on campus. Throughout the twentieth century, the collections grew via gifts and judicious purchases.