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Month: February 2007

Don’t complain – at the 52nd Venice Biennial

Hüseyin Alptekin (Turkey) and Camila Rocha (Brazil) were artists in the Platform recidency during the spring 2007, when Alptekin was planning the work for his participation representing Turkey at the Venice biennial. Since Alptekins work deals with the issues of displacement, records unimportant facts and acts and through this brings attention to things that are out of attention Cheap Finnish Labour offered to help realizing the work.

The actual physical work contained deconstructing 5 log-barns in Finland. The Barn Research group found 5 unused barns in Laihea. One of the barns was reconstructed in Platform for Camila Rochas exhibition ‘Its all about the past’. Then the rest of the barns, along with paint, constructing material and traditional finnish furniture, chairs and tables were shipped to Venice. There the barns where rebuild in a slightly different shape so that it formed 5 different spaces. In the text “The titel of Hüseyin Alptekin’s installation for Turkey’s participation in the Biennial is ‘Don’t complain’. Vasif Kortun, the curator of the work, writes ” …Alptekin’s large-scale installation of five wood cabins is the result of a revisitation of a mental-setting the artist experienced in Tblisi, Georgia. This comes out of a particular type of public dining where restaurants are strictly divided into separate cabins clustered around an open courtyard.”

The group – at the most Cheap Finnish Labour consisted of 12 persons working at the exhibitions site – were all wearing the CFL T-shirts.



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Cheap Finnish Labour Exploring Alternative Economies

XX1 Gallery, Warsaw 1.–15.2.2007

In every culture there are similarities. Is it possible to melt in, to become a temporary part of the different and the unfamiliar? Or is the only possibility to orientate in an unfamiliar environment to do what we would usually do? Or is it possible to to make alternative choices out of this position, to make a difference? What actually happens when you try to melt in, to be part of the other, the unfamiliar? Is it not then that you can alter perspectives and in this way notice and make visible that which is everyday and extraordinary existing right in the core but not seen? Or is it the other way around, we end up at the margins, or even worse, in a void between spaces that is neither familiar nor unfamiliar, or even both? Can one create a turning point in this void and become a hero in someone’s world?


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Hüseyin Alptekin & Camila Rocha | February-May 2007

Alptekin represented Turkey at The 52nd Venice Biennale. Cheap Finnish Labour – collaborated in his project.

Rocha did an exhibition It is all about the past at Platform in May 2007.

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