Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin: Democratic Luxury

Client: Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp
Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin was fascinated by the difference between the promise of something and its eventual banal reality. This promise could be in the form of the name of a cheap hotel that suggests the experience of a distant place, or the image of a mass product that evokes luxury or exoticness rather unconvincingly. Alptekin was an artist who could see the profound effects global capitalism had on everyday life. For his exhibition Democratic Luxury, I developed a simple graphic system that reflects these ideas, and that also relates to the visual aesthetics of his work.