The Silent University Language Café at Tensta konsthall. © Tensta konsthall.


Confirmed invited artists 2017

Ahmet Ögut

Ylva Westerlund


Description of the mediation lab                       

As part of the mediation lab Tensta konsthall is elaborating further on the tailor made strategies of art mediation that is at the very core of The Silent University: Language Cafe. Friday and Sunday afternoon a group led by Fahyma Alnablsi is meet. The Language Café welcomes those who wish to learn the basics of the Swedish and Arabic language, meet new friends and share experiences and ideas. Especially welcome are those students who are currently outside the Swedish education system while awaiting asylum. During the meetings the group practice grammar, socialize, read simple books and do conversational exercises. The Language Cafe has contemporary art as its starting point for both discussions and practical tasks in connection to current exhibitions.

The Language Café is a part of The Silent University, an autonomous knowledge platform for asylum seekers, refugees and undocumented immigrants, initiated by the artist Ahmet Ögüt. The artist Ahmet Öğüt presents the project The Silent University, a solidarity-based knowledge exchange platform by refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants initiated in 2012. For five years, The Silent University has involved people who, despite having a degree, have been unable to exercise their skills or training because of structural problems and discrimination. Together, the participants have developed lectures, talks, events, archives, and publications. The Silent University exists in various forms in London, Hamburg, Ruhr, Athens, Amman, and Stockholm. Since 2013, the project has been present at Tensta konsthall, currently in the forms of a language cafe and Citizens for citizens with Fahyma Alnablsi.


Updated biography of the participants in the residency

Ylva Westerlund

Ylva Westerlund studied at Malmö Konsthögskola, 1998–2003. She has participated in numerous exhibitions in Sweden and internationally, including, for example, Contemporary Art Center i Vilnius, 2016, Malmö Konstmuseum 2016, Momentum 9th Nordic Biennal of Contemporary Art in Moss, 2017, and Galleri Krasny, Moskow, 2017.


Ahmet Ögüt

Ahmet Öğüt, born in 1981 in Diyarbakır, works across a variety of different media often picking up on an urban environment. With an eye for daily encounters and moments of improvisation his works address topics such as structural inequality, state suppression, censorship and forms of resistance. Singular acts of non alignment or collective struggles against militarized powers equally tend to inspire the aesthetic and thematic reflections that occur in Ahmet Öğüt's work just as the way he operates in the institutional ecology surrounding his practice. He had solo shows among others at Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2015), Chisenhale Gallery, London (2015), Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2012), Kunsthalle Lissabon (2011) and SALT Beyoglu, Istanbul (2011). He has participated in group shows such as the 11th Gwangju Biennale (2016), Manifesta 11 (2016), “Museum On/OFF” at Centre Pompidou, Paris (2016), the 13th Biennale de Lyon (2015), “Political Populism” at Kunsthalle Wien, the Kyiv Biennial (2015) and many more.