Self-Heterotopia, Catching Up with Self
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The installation consists of objects and visual materials which Alptekin collected over a period of 16 years during his many trips through Asia, Africa and South America. Every object contains different stories and reveals Alptekin’s attention for and curiosity about the world. At the same time they are objects for him behind which he conceals his own memories and documents his life in a certain way.
Self-Heterotopia, Cathing Up with Self is related to the concept of Heterotopia of the philosopher and social theoretician Michel Foucault. Foucault wrote: ‘The heterotopia is capable of juxtaposing in a single real place several spaces, several sites that are in themselves incompatible.’ This work by Alptekin could also be understood as a form of self exploration.
exhibition text 2013
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