Ahmet Öğüt

Born 1981 in Silvan, Diyarbakır
Lives and works in Amsterdam, Istanbul, and Berlin

BA, Hacettepe University, Fine Art Faculty, Painting Department, Ankara, TR 1999 – 2003
MA, Yildiz Teknik University, Art and Design Faculty, Istanbul, TR 2003 – 2006
Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten / Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Amsterdam, NL 2007 – 2008


Ahmet Öğüt is a sociocultural initiator, artist, and lecturer. Working across a variety of media, including photography, video, and installation, Öğüt often uses humor and small gestures to offer his commentary on serious or pressing social and political issues. Öğüt regularly collaborates with people from outside of the artworld to create shifts in the perception of the common. He has exhibited widely, more recently with solo presentations at MoCA Skopje – Museum of Contemporary Art, Kunstverein Dresden, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Chisenhale Gallery, and Van Abbemuseum.

He has also participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions, including 17th Istanbul Biennial (2022); FRONT International – Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art (2022); Survival Kit 13 –  Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art (2022); Asia Society Triennial: We Do Not Dream Alone (2021); In the Presence of Absence, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2020); Zero Gravity at Nam SeMA, Seoul Museum of Art (2019); Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale (2018); the British Art Show 8 (2015-2017); 11th Gwangju Biennale (2016);  Day After Debt, Protocinema & Broad Art Museum (2015); the 13th Biennale de Lyon (2015); 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014); Performa 13, the Fifth Biennial of Visual Art Performance, New York (2013); the 7th Liverpool Biennial (2012); Ahmet Ögüt with Itinerant/Protocinema at 132 Delancey St, New York (2012); the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011); the New Museum Triennial, New York (2009); and the 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (2008).

Öğüt has been a guest professor, mentor, tutor, advisor, research teacher at several schools. Among the schools are Institut für Kunst im Kontext at Universität der Künste Berlin; Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht; Sandberg Institute Amsterdam; Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki; TransArts – Transdisziplinäre Kunst, Institut für Bildende und Mediale Kunst Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien; and DAI (Dutch Art Institute) Arnhem. 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 53rdVenice Biennale (2009).


Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL
Rennie Collection, Vancouver, CA
Sammlung Goetz, Munich, DE
Frans Hals Museum, NL
FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkerque, FR
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City,
KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art, Hesinki, FI
Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL
Fondazione Giuliani, Rome, IT
MSU Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, US
Collezione Taurisano, Naples, IT
Isabelle & Jean-Conrad Lemaitre Collection, Paris, FR
Eduardo & Camilla Barella Collection, São Paulo, BR
Haro & Bilge Cumbusyan Collection, Zurich, CH
The Agah Ugur Collection, Istanbul, TR
Banu – Hakan Carmikli Collection, Istanbul, TR
Lim Wei-Ling and Yohan Rajana Collection, Kuala Lumpur, MY
Collezione Valentini, IT