The video project Foucault's Typewriter is inspired by a scale model of the Great Mosque of Diyarbakır in the city’s historic Sur district. Painted by the artist himself when he was a studying in Ankara, the scale model building has been located at Miniatürk, a miniature park situated at the northeastern shore of the Golden Horn in Istanbul. Including the Great Mosque of Diyarbakır, more than 1,500 of Sur’s over 500 years old buildings have been labelled historic and are now protected by law. In 2015, UNESCO listed the Diyarbakır Fortress as World Heritage Site. In the face of the recent intensification of the conflict, Diyarbakır witnessed several heavy combat actions and 24-hour round-the-clock curfews during which big parts of Sur district have been completely destroyed and the walls of the Great Mosque of Diyarbakır has been heavily damaged by bullets. The project Foucault's Typewriter is focusing on a dual destruction; destruction in reality, and its representations, in connecting the artist’s personal history and news reports.


Ahmet Öğüt

Ahmet Öğüt

Actopolis-City: Ankara / Mardin

Ahmet Öğüt was born in 1981 in Diyarbakır, Turkey. He is a socio-cultural initiator, artist and lecturer who lives and works in Berlin and Amsterdam. Öğüt has written articles about art, activism, collaboration and autonomy for e-flux journal and other publications.

Working across a variety of media, Öğüt's institutional solo exhibitions include Forward!, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2015); Happy Together: Collaborators Collaborating, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2015); Apparatuses of Subversion, Horst-Janssen-Museum, Oldenburg (2014); Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina (2013); Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2012); SALT Beyoglu, Istanbul (2011); The MATRIX Program at the UC Berkeley Art Museum (2010); Künstlerhaus Bremen (2009); and Kunsthalle Basel (2008). He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions, including the 13th Biennale de Lyon (2015); 8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale (2014); Performa 13, the Fifth Biennial of Visual Art Performance, New York (2013); the 7th Liverpool Biennial (2012); the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011); Trickster Makes This World, Nam June Paik Art Center (2010); the New Museum Triennial, New York (2009); and the 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (2008). Ögüt has completed several residency programs, including at the Delfina Foundation and Tate Modern (2012); IASPIS, Sweden (2011); and Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam (2007–2008). He has taught at the Dutch Art Institute, Netherlands (2012); the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Finland (2011–ongoing); and Yildiz Teknik University, Turkey (2004–2006), among others. Öğüt was awarded the Visible Award for the Silent University (2013); the special prize of the Future Generation Art Prize, Pinchuk Art Centre, Ukraine (2012); the De Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs 2011, Netherlands; and the Kunstpreis Europas Zukunft, Museum of Contemporary Art, Germany (2010). He co-represented Turkey at the 53rd Venice Biennale together with Banu Cennetoğlu (2009).