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Open Space #9 Özgür Kar

Exhibition From 01.10.2021 to 24.01.2022

Özgür Kar, Snake Charmer, 2021, KUNSTVEREIN GARTENHAUS

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.  


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. 


Ludovic Delalande and Claire Staebler