Manifesta purposely strives to keep its distance from what are often seen as the dominant centres of artistic production, instead seeking fresh and fertile terrain for the mapping of a new cultural topography.

Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin, TR

Outdoor installation at Paso Peatonal Trintxerpe, Topo Herrera

In this project Turkish artist Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin reproduced signs of hotel names (such as Hotel Odessa, Hostal Balkan, Hotel Baghdad) from a well-known alley in Donostia-San Sebastian called “rape alley”. These signs not only illuminated the dark street but instigated a critique of the urban neglect of violations of women. Playing with various linguistic representations of the word “hotel,” the artist conflated conflicting notions of hospitality and hostility in an urban environment.