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HÜSEYİN BAHRİ ALPTEKİN
HÜSEYİN BAHRİ ALPTEKİN
05.02.2021
MUSEUM ACQUISITION | M HKA

Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (M HKA) acquired Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin's Global Digestion,1980-2007 to the permanent collection of the museum. Global Digestion depicts hundreds of photographs of toilets and bathrooms the artist visited during his travels. Some even date back to 1979-80 when he was working for the photographic press agency Sipa in Paris, for whom he travelled to different African nations and, additional to his paid work, he began photographing toilets as well as hotel and restaurant signs for the first time. The eventual work was influenced by critical theorist Slavoj Žižek’s book The Plague of Fantasies in which he discusses, amongst other things, the specificities of visiting the toilet for people of different cultures.

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