The 2 Minutes-Interview
Ugur Orhanoglu is part of Berlin’s In Crowd. He seems to know just about everyone and everyone knows him. Either as a photographer – his actual profession – or because of his legendary vegetarian 27-course dinners that he organizes in different locations throughout the city. We were lucky enough to have a taste of one of his latest coups at the leogant Loft where his current exhibition „Water“ is still on show till tomorrow and have been fans ever since. We talked to Ugur about man and nature, a Q&A with Buddha, Jesus, Moses and Mohammed and about the Mona Lisa. The good news: you are a work of art!
Name: Ugur Orhanoglu
Shoe size: Depending on the make, between 42,5 and 44 2/3
Favourite water: filtered from the tap
Why are you a photographer?
By accident! The first time I looked through a camera lens, everything was in focus all of a sudden (I hadn’t realised I was short-sighted until then). Photography enables me to capture moments that touch and move me and share them with others.
What makes a good photograph?
A photograph should touch me, no matter by what means.
Who or what inspires you?
In short: man and nature.
Which piece of art would you like to own?
If it were a matter of getting a lot of money for it, I would probably choose Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. But basically, it’s just oil on canvas. Every one of us is a work of art made from a hundred billion cells that unite to become even more. So I already own a piece of art: myself.
Do you prefer being a host or a guest?
I like being both. As a host I enjoy making sure my guests have a good time and as a guest I enjoy the attention.
Who was he most exciting guest at one of your dinner parties?
I can’t really say. There were certainly some people known from films and television, r are incredibly wealthy, artists or writers. But people who know me, know that things like that aren’t important to me – I try to value every moment. People are people, with all their strengths and weaknesses. Therefore everybody is exciting. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that everybody is equally likeable. :-D
Which qualities do you appreciate in people?
I greatly appreciate when people manage to maintain the ability to be unbiased and have empathy for others.
If you could change the world over night, where would you start?
Wow, what a question! I’d probably start where everybody should: with myself!
Who or what were you in a former life?
I believe that I don’t believe in having a former life. And if I was something else, I probably was a person or an animal, or a stone, or maybe a grass stalk. See, I’m getting silly…
Share a magical place:
Take a right just behind the eyes. :-D
With which famous person would you like to have coffee?
I don’t drink coffee but I would like to meet all the religious founders (like Buddha, Moses, Jesus, Mohammed) to ask them whether they approve oft he deformation of man and nature that has been and still is being committed in their name. That would be interesting to know, wouldn’t it?
What would you cook for us if we visited you at home?
Whatever I have in the fridge. Always vegetarian, never with a recipe, usually tasty.
What are you afraid of?
Hopelessness / helplessness.
When was the last time you did something for the first time and what was it?
At the moment, I’m trying to part with things I once thought were important to have – a new experience I’m currently going through quite often. As you know, I like collecting things.
What should no one know about you?
Doesn’t that question contradict itself?
Which question should we have asked?
Maybe a question about my current exhibition and future exhibitions?
Come to my finissage tomorrow.