Öğüt & Macuga
Witte de With, Rotterdam
– 31 Dezember 2017
What is the role of the artist if he or she doesn’t deal with the world around them, but with the work of a colleague? This question is the basis of the two-part exhibition project “Öğüt and Macuga” running from 17 June to 31 December at the Museum Witte de With in Rotterdam.
The exhibition is the result of a long correspondence between the artists Ahmet Öğüt and Goshka Macuga, two contemporary artists who have gained attention for their critical engagement. Their works include a wide range of media and presentation methods, including performance, sculpture, film and installation. However, the exhibition doesn’t only showcase the works of the artists, but also discussion of each other’s work. The results of this process will be divided into two parts, first by Ahmet Öğüt (up to 20 August) and then by Goshka Macuga (8 September - 31 December). Öğüt’s work is often characterised by collaborations with individuals, who have little to do with art. He is also known for the establishment of the Silent University, an autonomous platform for the exchange of knowledge, aimed at refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. He currently lives and works in Amsterdam and Berlin. Goshka Macuga’s works are characterised by a thorough archival and historical analysis of the relationships between artists, institutions, politics and communities. The exhibition highlights the ways and means that art possesses of communicating political and social concerns and thus creating public debate.