“Ahmet Öğüt: Happy Together: Collaborators Collaborating”

Chisenhale Gallery
64 Chisenhale Road
April 24–May 31

Curated by Polly Staple and Katie Guggenheim

In recent years, Ahmet Öğüt has auctioned off a self-portrait titled Punch This Painting, 2010; created a school for (and taught by) asylum seekers (the Silent University); legally exchanged the letters of his name with artist Nina Katchadourian; and twinned himself to his colleague Cevdet Erek. For this exhibition, Öğüt will revisit nearly a decade of his comical yet critical collaborations by constructing a television studio as a single, durational work. In it, he will stage a public debate among people he has worked with—all from non-art backgrounds—including a fireman, a lawyer, and a tailor. The catch? Öğüt will seat himself in the audience, but he won’t say a word. The debate will be filmed, edited, and played back during the run of the show.