Translation Translation, 2007

2 different colours of neons
34 x 270 cm, 42 x 180 cm, 38 x 195 cm, 41 x 68 cm

About the Artist

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 “Democratic Luxury”, Rampa, İstanbul & M HKA, Antwerp (2015); “Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin – Facts, Incidents, Accidents, Circumstances, Situations”, Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź (2013), “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).

Curriculum Vitae
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Artist Booklet
Pdf ~ 1 MB

Solo Exhibitions
Democratic Luxury, M HKA, Antwerp / Belgium
Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin, SESC Pompeia, Sao Paulo / Brasil
“Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin – Facts, Incidents, Accidents, Circumstances, Situations”, Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź / Poland
I Am Not A Studio Artist, SALT Beyoğlu, İstanbul / Turkey
Global Mockery, Maison de Folie de Wazemmes, Lille / France
Kriz: Viva Vaia, Dulcinea Gallery, İstanbul / Turkey
Group Exhibitions
The Grand Balcony – La Biennale de Montréal, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal/ Canada
Artists in Their Time, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul
Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York / USA
Once Upon a Time… The Collection Now, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven / The Netherlands
It Was A Time of Conversation, SALT Ulus, Ankara / Turkey
Signs Taken in Wonder: Searching for Contemporary Istanbul MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Vienna / Austria
It Was A Time of Conversation, SALT Galata, İstanbul / Turkey
Snapshots of Tourism, Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø / Norway
March, 2014
52nd Venice Biennial – The Pavillion of Turkey pamphlet (2007) (eng / tr / it) (Pdf ~ 4 MB)
March, 2014
B-Fact, Bunker Research Group and Small Brother – compiled by Marketta Seppälä (2003) (eng) (Pdf ~ 41 KB)
March, 2014
On Capacity-Capacities by Erden Kosova (2002) (eng) (Pdf ~ 40 KB)
March, 2014
Winter Depression by Vasıf Kortun (1998) (eng) (Pdf ~ 39 KB)
Press & News
February, 2017
Biennale de Montréal, in which Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin’s two photographic installations also took place, is reviewed by Jens Hoffmann for Artforum, February 2017 issue (Pdf ~ 7 MB)
July, 2016
Elvin Vural’s interview with Leyla Tara Suyabatmaz and Esra Sarıgedik Öktem on Rampa is at Istanbul Art News July 2016 issue (Pdf ~ 2 MB)
January, 2016
Banu Çarmıklı, ‘Dünya Sanatında Türk Rüzgarı’, Vatan (tr) (Pdf ~ 685 KB)
December, 2015
Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin’s “Democratic Luxury” at Rampa in Artforum’s December 2015 Issue as part of “Artists’ Artists Best of 2015”, chosen by artist Laura Lima (Pdf ~ 892 KB)
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November, 2015
We’re extending Huseyin Bahri Alptekin’s ‘Democratic Luxury’ one more week! The exhibition is open to visit until November 21, Saturday from 11-7.
October, 2015
Tuğba Esen, Bir Seyyahın Retrospektifi, Milliyet Sanat (tr) (Pdf ~ 873 KB)
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September, 2015
Rampa will be open to visit on Sunday September 6, 2015 between 11:00 – 19:00.
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September, 2015
Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin – Artist Portrait edited by Özlem Altunok at Istanbul Art News, September 2015 (tr) (Pdf ~ 5 MB)
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July, 2015
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October, 2014
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June, 2014
Mustafa Doğulu on “this secret world that exists right there in public” in Istanbul Art News (in Turkish) (Pdf ~ 96 KB)
November, 2013
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October, 2012
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September, 2011
Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, “Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin”, Artforum (Pdf ~ 1 MB)
May, 2011
April, 2011
Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin is at SALT with the retrospective ”I am not a studio artist” (Pdf ~ 86 KB)
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