Monday, March 14, 2011

solo show @ Kunsthalle Lissabon

Stones to throw

Ahmet Öğüt

Kunsthalle Lissabon


Rua Rosa Araújo 7-9
Lisbon, Portugal

Kunsthalle Lissabon is proud to present Stones to throw, Ahmet Öğüt's first solo show in Portugal. In Stones to throw, an installation specifically developed for Kunsthalle Lissabon, Öğüt departs from nose art, the decorative paintings or designs on the fuselage of military aircrafts, which can be seen as a form of aircraft graffiti, to present a series of 10 painted stones that feature the same kind of designs seen in airplanes. Throughout the exhibition, and gradually, all of the stones, except the last one, will be removed from Kunsthalle Lissabon's exhibition space and sent to Diyarbakir, Öğüt's hometown. The stones will then be received by a friend of the artist and left abandoned on the streets. All the process of removing the stones from the exhibition and abandoning them on the city will be documented and presented in Kunsthalle Lissabon as part of the artist's installation. Diyarbakir, located in southeast Turkey has been witnessing an increase of children arrested on charges of stone throwing.

The exhibition will also include older works such as Somebody else's car (2005), Short circuit (2006) and This area is under 23 hour video and audio surveillance (2009).

The exhibition Stones to throw is generously supported by the Embassy of The Netherlands in Lisbon, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and EDP Foundation.