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Ahmet Öğüt

The Drifters. 2018

The thrilling act of drifting a car on two wheels while driving as passengers lean out of the windows has been a popular pastime among the youth of wealthy families in Saudi Arabia since the late 1970s. The artist takes inspiration from this phenomenon, variously called "Arab Drift", "Saudi Drift" or "Middle East Drift," and the fact that most of the cars used for the act are in fact Japanese. He 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.

Kawanishi area.
Ueno village

© Photo: Osamu Nakamura
Courtesy of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale

Echigo-Tsumari Triennale 2018 - photos

29 July - 17 September 2018, Echigo-Tsumari region, Japan. General Director: Fram Kitagawa. About 360 works by artists, architects, and performers from 44 countries unfolded over 760 square kilometers.

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