Posted by: bluesyemre | May 28, 2016

Raising Resistance: Reinterpreting #Art within the #Gezi Movement by Ragıp Zık


By the end of May 2013, a group of young people had come together in order to protest the cutting down of some trees in Gezi Park in Istanbul. This quickly became a country-wide movement and achieved a momentum that was far greater than anyone had expected. Protesters enjoyed the “taste” of resistance, because for many of them Gezi was the first time they had vividly experi-enced being an actor in a social movement. A prominent feature of the Gezi Park movement was the extensive use of art combined with satire, humor, and irony. Protesters embraced creative methods and art quickly became an indispensable part of the movement. Apart from the political content it had, art was instrumentalized as a public and individual medium, creating new opportunities within the movement; it thus took on a fundamental role in structuring the forms of protest.

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