Witte de With

Goshka Macuga & Ahmet Ögüt

17 Jun - 20 Aug 2017

Exhibition overview Öğüt & Macuga, with Miroslav Tichý, untitled., date unknown, silver print mounted on cardboard
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam 2017
Photographer: Kristien Daem
Exhibition overview Öğüt & Macuga, with Goshka Macuga, In Debt View (2015), coin-operated telescope
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam 2017
Photographer: Kristien Daem
Exhibition overview Öğüt & Macuga, with Ahmet Öğüt, Where is Karl Marx? (2016), Will Lammert, Karl Marx (1953), bronze cast, wooden pallet, dust;
and Goshka Macuga, Karl Marx (2016), Parian ware
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam 2017
Photographer: Kristien Daem.
Exhibition overview Öğüt & Macuga, with Ahmet Öğüt, Information Power to the People (2017), bronze cast;
and Goshka Macuga, Wax Cast Series: Madame Blavatsky, Olympe de Gouges, Pussy Riot, Guerilla Girls, Ada Lovelace, Mary Shelley, Donna Karaway (2015)
wax cast
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam 2017
Photographer: Kristien Daem.
Exhibition overview Öğüt & Macuga, Goshka Macuga, Burnt Guernica (2015)
oil on canvas, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam 2017
Photographer: Kristien Daem
GOSHKA MACUGA & AHMET ÖGÜT
Episode 1
17 June –20 August 2017

Curators: Defne Ayas, Samuel Saelemakers

This exhibition is the result of Witte de With director Defne Ayas’ pairing of two critically engaged artists, Goshka Macuga and Ahmet Öğüt. Both artists’ interests are tied to political and historical contexts, distilled through a variety of media and strategies of representation that include performance, participatory event, sculpture, film, and installation. Macuga and Öğüt began a conversation, and through a series of coincidences identified parallel references drawn from their shared social concerns, personal stories, and the ideas driving their respective practices, such as their mutual investment in collaboration and interest in the representation of critical thinkers in the global imaginary. Such references mark the point of departure for a two-part exhibition – the first steered by Ahmet Öğüt (17 June – 20 August), with the second part to follow in Fall with Goshka Macuga (8 September – 31 December). Both artists examine each other’s practices, a process subject to misinformation and misunderstandings along the way, as much as a generosity of ideas, commitment of time, and peer-to-peer play.
 

Tags: Defne Ayas, Goshka Macuga, Ahmet Ögüt, Samuel Saelemakers