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Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten (HISK)

Portrait of the Artist. Works and References - HISK Laureates 2013 Exhibition

SAHA supported the production of the new work by Suat Öğüt in the exhibition 'Portrait of the Artist. Works and References! (16 November – 8 December 2013) at Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten (HISK) in Ghent, Belgium.

Curator: Katerina Gregos

Artists: Federico Acal, Sara Bjarland, Andris Eglitis, Hamza Halloubi, Erika Hock, Katrin Kamrau, Suat Ögüt, Meggy Rustamova, Jeroen Uyttendaele, Ben Van den Berghe, Patrick Wokmeni. Please click here for further information.

About the Project

The First Turk Immigrant or The Nameless Heroes of The Revolution (hereafter: TFTI OR TNHOTR) takes the negotiations, in the 1960’s, between Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom and Turkey about what we now call the guest worker, as a starting point.

Even though the guest worker immigrants had very diverse ethnic origins they all fell under the collective noun ‘The Turk Immigrant’. What's more, many of the guest worker immigrants were not only in search of better work opportunities; as the story of the participants in TFTI OR TNHOTR goes, some immigrated under political pressure. They left Turkey because their political views were not in stroke with the Turkey of that time. However, they did not flee in complete abandon of hope; some of the political refugees remained active in politics and others found different ways to give form to their ideals.

As an on-going and multifaceted research and installation project TFTI OT TNHOTR wants to spiral outward from the central stories of the Nameless Heroes and share thoughts and stories from different perspectives and walks of life be it art, philosophy, history, sociology. This is why several people will be approached to write a text within the framework of TFTI OT TNHOTR, taking their own experiences and background as a starting point. TFTI OT TNHOTR will become a live monument to all those ‘Turk immigrants’ who moved out of Turkey because of their political ideals and found new ways of thinking themselves and in their struggle deserve to be named Nameless Heroes Of The Revolution. TFTI OR TNHOTR enfolds a narrative in five chapters.

Chapter I, and central to the project are the bronze busts of each of the representative Nameless Hero.. The subsequent chapters will narrate, in multiple forms and diverse media, the history of the Nameless Heroes and The Revolution they were part of.

Suat Öğüt

About the Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten (HISK)

HISK offers a post-academic course in audiovisual and visual art. The institute provides 24 young artists from Belgium and abroad each individually with a studio for two years. The emphasis at the institute lies on individual practice. The program aims to achieve a practical balance between study in the studio, discussions with visiting lecturers, workshops, reading groups, field trips and public presentations. Since 1997, 196 laureates have graduated from the institute. The majority of them are now pursuing successful professional careers in the international art world.