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Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin and Michael Morris, Heterotopia, 1992, mixed media, 98 1/2 x 65".

Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin

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Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin and Michael Morris, Heterotopia, 1992, mixed media, 98 1/2 x 65".

Among the works in Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin’s exhibition “I Am Not a Studio Artist” was a dazzling assemblage of objects including an old-fashioned typewriter, a plastic model of a taxicab, a hammer, a letter opener, rubber stamps, two clocks, four bars of soap, passports, license plates, ledgers, a bottle of rum filled with matchsticks, a bottle of vodka filled with shreds of newspaper, a currency exchange sign in four languages, a calendar, fishing tackle, four bottles of antiseptic, a rusted padlock, a tin of shoe polish, a copy of The Histories of Herodotus, a flyer for a boxing match, and two maps of Istanbul—one perforated with a hole-punch, the other burned with a flame. One of several works titled Heterotopia, the installation featuring both of these maps was made in 1992 in collaboration with the American artist Michael Morris. The pair had met a year earlier in Ankara,

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