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Open Space #9 Özgür Kar

Exhibition From 01.10.2021 to 24.01.2022

"A Guy Under The Influence", 2020. Edouard Montassut © Özgür Kar

With black-and-white animated videos, Özgür Kar brings to life anthropomorphic characters haunted by profound existential questions. Summarily sketched male bodies, forced into uncomfortable positions, appear on flat screens. Protected from the outside world yet trapped in what could be interpreted as a shelter or a coffin, these solitary giants – since there is one figure on each screen – slowly shift, interspersed with long periods of immobility, releasing the stifled murmur of their melancholic monologues. Like living paintings, these contemporary portraits echo the deeper issues.  

Elegy, dessin préparatoire, 2021

© Özgür Kar

For his first personal exhibition at a museum in France, Özgür Kar designed an unprecedented multi-screen installation in the form of an opera inspired by the tradition of danse macabre. This contemporary elegy features three skeletons discussing life and death to the sound of a musical composition for flute and clarinet.  

The artist

Özgur Kar

Özgür Kar (1992, Turkey) lives and works in Amsterdam. He graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende kunsten (2019-2020). His recent personal exhibitions include “Macabre”, Kunstverein GartenHaus, Vienna (2021); “A Decade of Submission”, Edouard Montassut, Paris (2020); “Exposed”, Europarådets plass, Oslo (2019); “A New Start”, UKS, Oslo (2019); and “Finally, you are in me”, Taylor Macklin, Zurich (2018). He is represented by Edouard Montassut in Paris. 

Curators

Ludovic Delalande and Claire Staebler