[artinfo] Memorial Event for Huseyin Bahri Alptekin at Esma Sultan Yalisi

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Esma Sultan Yalisi
the good old tricks, for one last time.
he's here and he's gone.

Memorial Event for Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin [1957 - 2007]
March 15, 2008, from 18:00 on

Esma Sultan Yalžsž
Ortaköy, Istanbul

On Saturday, March 15th, a memorial will be held 
for Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin who passed away in his 
studio on the last day of 2007.

The evening will include talks, video and photo 
screenings, and the performance of original 
musical scores composed in his memory.

Alptekin was an artist, writer, educator and 
curator. In 1990, Alptekin began to make art, 
fusing associative images and objects in 
installations. Befitting a philosopher turned 
artist, Alptekin's oeuvre is unified by an 
ambitious set of themes. In grandly staged 
installations, neon signs and photographic 
series, Alptekin freely borrowed images and 
phrases without declaring them his own. The core 
of his artistic practice was his consideration of 
the universe from the viewpoint of an anonymous 
and plural author working in an unmediated, 
intercultural and intertextual society. Alptekin 
never resorted to representation, or false 
empathy, by peeking into peoples' lives. Never 
permitting himself moral superiority, he strove 
to attain a flawless ethics in his art.

Alptekin represented Turkey in the Arsenale at 
the 52nd Venice Biennale, presenting Don't 
Complain (2007). He took part in numerous 
international exhibitions including the Istanbul 
Biennial in 1995 and 2005, the Bienal de São 
Paulo in 1998, the 2002 Cetinje Biennale in 
Montenegro, the Tirana Biennial in 2003 and 2005 
and Manifesta 5 in 2004. Alptekin won a UNESCO 
prize for his work in the Cetinje Biennale, and 
the M. Mulliqi Prize at the 3rd International 
Exhibition at Kosovo Art Gallery, Prishtina, in 
2005. As a curator, he organized exhibitions and 
events in Istanbul, Tirana, Havana and Helsinki.

Those who wish to join us in memory of Hüseyin 
Bahri Alptekin, please contact: 
<mailto:huseyinsfriends2 at gmail.com>huseyinsfriends2 at gmail.com

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