Protest as Art, Art as Protest: Views from #occupygezi

Protest as Art, Art as Protest: Views from #occupygezi

Photo credit: Lenka Peťková

The protests across Turkey against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan are now in their tenth day, and excessive police force has claimed at least three lives and injured thousands of protestors. At the same time, they have served as inspiration for witty and creative protest art, both online and on the ground.

Lenka Peťková, a project officer at a Turkish think-tank from Slovakia who has lived Istanbul for five years, photographed the atmosphere in Taksim Square last week, which became reminiscent of an open-air art festival after the police pulled back from the district.

This photograph shows an image of Turkey’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, on a “tree” bearing the wishes and thoughts of protestors regarding the #occupygezi movement. Click on the photo to access the full album.

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  1. […] art calling attention to the protestors’ message. Of course, protest also inspires art that captures the moment and goes beyond the […]

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