The Phrygian Goddess Cybele, among other things, is believed to be the goddess of cavities, voids, hollow spaces. This makes Özgür wonder what hollow spaces may summon, hold, signify. It resonates with the way poet Ariana Reines describes poetry as making something out of nothing. These animate Özgür’s drive to make art. He works with performance, text, sculpture, photography, video and sound to capture a scenographic situation within an installation. His heart and mind commute between violence, servitude, eroticism, play and humor.
Özgür Atlagan is a 2019-2021 Rijksakademie alum and a member of KABA HAT and BAÇOY KOOP (Printing, Distributing, Duplication Cooperative).