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Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin

Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin. Facts, Incidents, Accidents, Circumstances, Situations

Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, Poland hosts the solo exhibition by Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin. Held between 15 November 2013–16 February 2014, the exhibition presents a comprehensive overview of the artist’s practice. Curated by Magdalena Ziolkowska and Joanna Sokolowska, Alptekin’s solo show presents, apart from the works created between 1991–2007 (in the early period in collaboration with M.D. Morris), objects from Alptekin's archive, which the artist did not consider as works of art.

http://msl.org.pl/en/wydarzenia/huseyin-bahri-alptekin/

SAHA provided production support for the publication Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin. Facts, Incidents, Accidents, Circumstances, Situations. The publication includes essays by Ali Akay, Sezgin Boynik, Duygu Demir, Krzysztof Pijarski and Joanna Sokołowska.

Please click here to read the essay by Joanna Sokolowska.

About Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin

Starting in the early 1990’s, Alptekin focused on an artistic production that explored the effects of globalization, immigration and exile, cross cultural image circulation and anonymous production through travel, personal histories and archives.

Artist, writer, lecturer and curator Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin (1957-2007) studied aesthetics, philosophy of art and sociology in Ankara and Paris. He worked as a photographer for SIPA Press and wrote for various publications as an art and design critic. Alptekin lectured at Ankara Bilkent University and İstanbul Bilgi University. He participated in many local and international panels and symposia on contemporary art. Starting in the early 1990’s, Alptekin focused on an artistic production that explored the effects of globalization, immigration and exile, cross cultural image circulation and anonymous production through travel, personal histories and archives. His cross‐referential work, consisting of photo‐installations, collages, videos, objects, and once a life‐size truck overloaded with colorful plastic soccer balls, represent a multi‐layered, complex visual language. In 2007 he represented Turkey in the 52nd Venice Biennial with his installation “Don’t Complain” The same year he participated in the exhibition “Global Cities” at the Tate Modern in London. From 2000-2004 he ran a non-profit artists’ collective called “Sea Elephant Travel Agency” (SETA) that hosted a residency program for artists as well as organized conferences. He was a man of collective and collaborative work; his early collaborations with Michael Morris, his collective work with students “Grup Grip-in” during his years in Bilkent, the meetings he arranged at his space “LOFT”, the “Bunker Research Group” and “Barn Research Group” are just a few of his many accomplishments. Exhibitions he participated in, include the São Paolo Biennial (1998); Cetinje Biennial (2002), for which he won the UNESCO Prize; “How Latitudes Become Forms,” Walker Art Center (2003); Manifesta 5 (2004); 2nd and 3rd Tirana Biennial (2003, 2005); and the İstanbul Biennial (1995, 2005, 2009). The artist’s solo exhibitions are “Festival Istambul Agora – Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin”, SESC Pompeia, Sao Paulo (2013), “I Am Not A Studio Artist”, Salt, İstanbul (2011), “Global Mockery”, Maison de Folie de Wazemmes, Lille (2009)  and “Kriz: Viva Vaia”, Dulcinea Gallery, İstanbul (1999).

About Muzeum Sztuki

Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź is one of the oldest museums of modern art in the world. The Museum’s connections with the avant-garde date back to the turn of the 1920s and 1930s, when a group of radical artists from the “a.r.” group began gathering works of the most important artists of the day for the Museum. The action met with great interest of European avant-garde, making many outstanding artists, such as Fernand Leger, Max Ernst, Hans Arp and Kurt Schwitters to donate their works to the collection. The fact made the collection of the “a.r.” group a unique symbol of solidarity and cooperation of the avant-garde. The International Modern Art. Collection of the “a.r.” group, representing the main directions of art. such as Cubism, Futurism, Constructivism, Purism, Neoplasticism and Surrealism was open to public on 15th February 1931. The collection has since been consistently expanded by including international modern and contemporary artworks. Due to this fact Muzeum Sztuki is now the only museum in Poland with such extensive collection of world art of the 20th and 21st century.