Ahmet Ögüt: Pledges of Allegiance
SPACE is proud to raise artist Ahmet Ögüt's flag, If You'd Like to See This Flag in Colors, Burn it (In Memory of Marinus Boezem), (2018) as part of Creative Time's Pledges of Allegiance project.
The flag is inspired by Dutch visual artist Marinus Boezem’s postcard-size photograph titled If you’d like to see this photo in colors, burn it (1967-1969). It will be on view at 15 cultural institutions and universities across 13 states: Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and Texas.
Ahmet Ögüt is an internationally renowned, sociocultural initiator and conceptual artist. He consistently seeks out collaborators from outside the art world, finding unique ways to grapple with complex social issues ranging from migration to civil unrest with a sense of humor.
“My flag is inspired by a small conceptual work by artist Marinus Boezem made in the late 60s, If you’d like to see this photo in colors, burn it,” says Ahmet Ögüt. “Boezem’s instructions in this artwork were never actualized, but the performative potential of the artwork brought it to life. Similar to his invitation to burn the photo, I wanted to create a flag that could inspire the imagination, instead of limiting viewers to predefined colors and symbols, and leave them feeling inert.”