fragments of a resistance

In summer 2013 I witnessed the outbreak and the beginning of the Gezi Park Protests in Istanbul. For 18 days I stayed in the park and at the barricades to support the fight for individual freedom and against a suppressive system. The experiences of these weeks are probably of the strongest in my life so far. Back in Austria I had great difficulties to verbally convey my impressions of the uprising.

I started to develop a visual language that would capture my experiences and memories in order to convey the atmosphere and dynamics of the Gezi Park Protests 2013. The outcome of this investigation is my master’s project »fragments of a resistance – Revolutionary Interspace Gezi Park Protests 2013« in the form of an artist’s book.

The book is constituted of a visual and an informing part (= glossary). The storytelling in the visual part stays cryptic and nonlinear, in order to rather open an imaginative space where the viewers can dive into. I am visually condensing my impressions of the protests, producing analog collages, décollages and fragments. Textual reflections consist of various layers as well: my own thoughts are accompanied by Elias Canettis text »Crowds and Power« (= text on small sized pages), Çağla Aykaçs Essay »Strong Bodies, Dirty Shoes: An Ode to the Resistance« (= text on transparent paper) and graffiti found in public space in the seminal period of the protests. The glossary contextualizes and translates Turkish phrases into English.

 

2015, Master’s project (Art University Linz, 2015; supervisor: Tina Frank)
Artist’s book, 19 x 24 cm, edition of 34 books

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