Artists from Turkey at Manifesta 11
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Ahmet Ögüt and Aslı Çavuşoğlu will participate in this year’s edition of Manifesta taking place in Zurich, Switzerland from 11 June – 18 September.
Ögüt’s work 'Silent University' is part of 'The Historical Exhibition: Sites Under Construction', a show which gathers artworks and non-art-specific materials from the past 50 years. Meanwhile, Çavuşoğlu has been researching how representations of landscapes feed into the construction of national identity. Approaching this issue through the lost continent of Mu, which according to myth sunk into the Pacific, she is working with a picture restorer to search for the hidden landscape in Swiss landscape paintings - both uncovering the layers beneath and altering each picture’s surface. For there is an idealised image of Switzerland that is just as non-existent as Mu. Atatürk, founder of the Turkish state, thought Mu was the cradle of Turkish civilisation. The Alps, too, play a large part in Switzerland’s self-perception as a fortified and independent nation.