Umut Yasat’s name is linked to his main project, an ongoing work-in-progress known as ‘Der Stapel’, which he started in 2014. A development of ideas concerning time and progress, mortality and banality, ‘Der Stapel’ first came into being when Yasat was finishing his studies at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Karlsruhe, his hometown, were he was born in 1988. There, he had classes with Gustav Kluge, Jonas Burgert and Marcel van Eeden. He is currently based in Berlin.
Formally, ‘Der Stapel’ are configured by the agglomeration of materials that somehow become part of the artist’s life: trivia and meaningful objects are compressed until they reach the artist’s height, configuring a way to visualize time — Yasat’s and our own, given the presence of everyday objects that populate our world.