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