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Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin at MoMA

Written by Sabine Küper on . Posted in The Passenger

  • “H-Fact: Hospitality/Hostility”, a work consisting out of 7 pieces of 3D, got part of the MoMA Collection
  • Salt Istanbul opened it's new Museum on Istiklal Caddesi with a retrospective of Alptekin in 2011
  • Kara-kum (black soil) is a copy of a bag found at a make-shift Post-Soviet bazaar in Istanbul in the early '90's
  • “Tremor makes rumour / Rumour makes humour”

Huseyin Bahri Alptekin’s “H-Fact: Hospitality/Hostility” artwork got part of the permanent
collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

“Hospitality/Hostility” is a part of the larger “H-Fact” series. “Hospitality/Hostility” refers to
hotel signs, which reappeared in Alptekin’s works in various media over the course of his career.

Working with a variety of media, Alptekin explored the underbelly of globalization through
historical traces, travel, place, memory and time. His installations are composed of found, used and
replicated items that came from, or were developed in response to, a vast archive of personal
research material being formed to deep rooted, personal, visual narratives.

“Tremor makes rumour / Rumour makes humour” is part of notes Alptekin wrote after the earthquake
1999, with the artist’s wish to escape the city (“Tremor Sea / Black Tremor / Hoover the water”) and
to purge himself (“Hoovering life / Hooover, I know all about your rumours…”).

Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin had participated in major art events like the Biennials in Venice, Istanbul
and Sao Paolo, was exhibited in central art spaces like the Tate Modern in London, SALT Istanbul and
the Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel.

The 1957 born artist died in Istanbul 2007.

Short Movie about Hüseyin B. Alptekin recorded between 2005 and 2007 in Istanbul and Venice.
Directed and edited by Thomas Büsch and Sabine Küper-Büsch


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