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Suat Öğüt, "The First Turk Immigrant or The Nameless Heroes of The Revolution"

The First Turk Immigrant or The Nameless Heroes of The Revolution

Public Art Amsterdam (22 June – 30 September 2018) opens the first edition of their art manifestation “Pay Attention Please!”. Eleven leading art institutions in Amsterdam, amongst which Framer Framed, joins forces in the summer of 2018, contributing different perspectives on art in public space. For “Monuments to the Unsung”, Framer Framed invited three artists, Suat Öğüt, Wafae Ahalouch, and Walid Siti to create a work in the public space of Amsterdam-Noord.

The work “The First Turk Immigrant or The Nameless Heroes of the Revolution” by Suat Öğüt shows nine bronze busts of Turkish migrants. They are an ode to migrants who had to leave Turkey because of their political ideals, and who were posted in countries like the Netherlands as so-called ‘gastarbeiders’ (‘guest workers’). Amsterdam-Noord, too, has been a home to many Turkish (labour) migrants since the sixties. They made a highly important contribution to both the industry and the character of the area and the city, but are now pushed to the periphery to clear the way for tourists and wealthy real estate developers.

About Suat Öğüt

Suat Öğüt (1986, Diyarbakir) graduated Fine Arts Education Faculty of Marmara University, Painting and Sculpture Department in 2007. He was a participant at Willa Waldberta, artist in residency in Munich for three months in 2010. In 2013, he was one of the winners of the Akbank Contemporary Artist Prize 2013. Since 2014, Suat Öğüt has been one of the project coordinators at Corridor Project Space in Amsterdam as well as a member of B.I.T Collective. He currently resides and works in Amsterdam and Istanbul.

About Framer Framed

Framer Framed is a platform for contemporary art, visual culture, and critical theory & practice. Each year the organisation presents a variety of exhibitions in collaboration with both emerging and established international curators and artists, on topics such as identity politics and historiographical propositions. An extensive public program is organised alongside these exhibitions in order to shed light on the topics concerned, and provide a wide range of perspectives. With this common space for dialogue, Framer Framed aims to show a plurality of voices in a globalized society.