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The Drifters

A balanced 80s Toyota Land Cruiser on two wheels. Commissioned by Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale.
Tafheet is an illegal act of drifting a car on two wheels while passengers lean out of the windows and dance while driving has been a popular pastime among young people in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates since the late 1970s. Öğüt takes inspiration from this phenomenon, and the fact that most of the cars used for the act are Japanese. Öğüt installs a real car as if it is drifting on the road in Kawanishi. A sub-culture of the Middle East and Japanese industrial technology intersect in the rural landscape.

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