| HALI-SAHA | 2002 |

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HALI-SAHA | 2002 | Digital print on canvas |


One of Ogut's earliest works Halisaha (2002) sets a poignant scene for his interest in performance and role-play, an ability to shift tradition and location, and an understanding of the sense of community formed by games. In Halisaha (which literally translates as carpet field, but means astro-turf) Ogut transferred a carpet, a symbol and literal element of his home in Diyarbakir, into the centre of a football stadium. A photograph of the carpet's temporary placement exists as the art work, but it was the actual performance of taking the carpet from its private setting to lay it out for display in a space created for an audience (although at that moment significantly absent and therefore merely implied), which produced a temporary interface loaded with enquiry...

November Paynter