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AR-FİNAL

 AICA Turkey

  • Declaration of support:

“We are watching sadly, people are taken into custody, that also includes valuable names of arts and culture scene, at the peaceful  demonstrations as part of Gezi Park protests in last days. As AICA Turkey, we demand urgently these people to be released, that are remanded in custody even though just exercising their democratic rights.”

Anadolu Kültür

  • Declaration of support:

“Working through the medium of culture and arts to enable Turkey to become a more democratic, pluralistic and free country, we as the Anadolu Kültür, DEPO and DSM team share the values that have emerged through the Gezi Park resistance and the responsibility of reinforcing solidarity.

The government’s restriction of our freedoms by way of excluding the civil society, choking the critical voices, and often resorting to police violence is nothing new. One morning we wake up to find out that a 3rd bridge will be built over the Bosphorus, another morning we learn that the Emek movie theatre will be demolished, the next day we hear that the right to abortion is being restricted, yet another day we are told that an independent art board will be established. The Gezi Park resistance is the transformation of the struggle started to protect the last remaining park in the center of İstanbul into a rebellion, a cry for freedom.

As the Anadolu Kültür employees and subjects of the resistance, since May 28 we have witnessed the disproportionate violence of the police, we have been doused with pepper gas, our friends have been injured, taken into custody for no reason. For weeks we have also been experiencing an environment of solidarity that has given us hope, an environment where we stand side by side freely expressing our demands and thoughts in public spaces of not only the Gezi Park, or only the parks in İstanbul but also in various cities. We believe that the creativity emanating from Gezi will inspire our future works at Anadolu Kültür where we will further emphasize cultural diversity, fundamental rights and freedoms.”

Arter

  • Put #direngeziparkı hashtag on official website.

Asfalt Art Gallery

  • Kept posting information and articles on the resistance on Facebook page and Twitter for days

C.A.M Gallery

  • Announced that the gallery crew and the artists of new exhibition will join the resistance instead of an opening
  • Opened Wi-Fi network to protesters
  • Shared information and articles on the resistance on Twitter

Cda Projects

  • Declaration of support:

“We hereby announce our support to the occupygezi movement until police violence is put to an end and all democratic demands are met in a peaceful ground of expression and debate.”

Collectorspace

  • Declaration of support:

“Collectorspace fully supports non-violent actions of the public towards a participatory democracy.  As an art institution absolutely dependent on freedom of expression, collectorspace welcomes the public’s thoughts expressed freely on its walls and windows during this period of transition.”

  • They quoted the sociologist Nilüfer Göle:

On Our Quote Board

“We’re facing a full repertoire of resistance. The movement’s vocabulary has by now formed. The words “drunkard” and “looter” have gone through the filter of humor, have been turned around, and have been charged with new meanings. All resistors have presented themselves as drunkards, and especially as looters, thus reversing the offensive, hurting words; and this has produced the collective identity of the movement.”

—Nilüfer Göle, “Gezi: Anatomy of a public square movement,” June 6, 2013

  • Kept slogans written by protesters on the window and wall and shared the photography of the space on website and Facebook page.
  • Linked the http://occupygezipics.tumblr.com/ from official website of Collectorspace that is one of the visual archives for the resistance
  • Opened Wi-Fi network to protesters

Daire Gallery

  • Declaration of support:

“We hereby announce our support to the occupygezi movement until police violence is put to an end and all democratic demands are met in a peaceful ground of expression and debate.”

  • Opened Wi-Fi network to protesters
  • Called the visitors to join the resistance in Gezi Park after the opening
  • Shared articles on the resistance on Facebook page.
  • Made an open call on Facebook page to people to send photos taken in the resistance via e-mail to organize a collective exhibition in autum

Depo

  • On the official website, in the press release of the new exhibition, curators Charlotte Bank and Delphine Leccas mentioned the resistance:

“Now, only a few days before the opening of the 2013 edition of the festival, protests are taking place throughout Turkey. What started as a protest against yet another “development” project in Istanbul that would deprive the city’s inhabitants of a favorite gathering place has developed into a wider movement against governmental arrogance and a statement against the repression of civic rights. In a recent article in The New Yorker, Orhan Pamuk compared Taksim Square with an old chestnut tree that his own family successfully saved from being cut down in the 1950s. The members of his family took turns in guarding the tree and were able to preserve it. Now, the people of Istanbul are guarding a square with its park, together with its memories of civic engagement and communal life.

Just as in the ongoing fights for freedom and civic rights in the Arab world, many artists in Turkey are engaged in this movement. And it is sure to have an important impact on the work of these artists.”

Dirimart

  • Shared Shirin Neshat’s message on Facebook page and Twitter account:

“About 2 weeks ago I was in İstanbul, I had come to this country thinking like many people in the Middle East, that Turkey presented a great model of democracy, secularism, and progress. Unfortunately this view was quickly shattered as I began to speak with my Turkish friends. I was shocked to find out that in fact Turkey is on the edge of becoming the next Iran or Egypt, and the Turks are facing the challenge of taking back the destiny of the country into their own hands before it’s too late; defending their identities, protecting the wonderful gift of secularism and democracy. Sadly no such patriotic efforts ever go peacefully. All authoritarian regimes embrace violence to intimidate their people, but this will only infuriate and anger everyone more. The battle of fighting those in power is most difficult and painful but also beautiful and empowering at the same time. I wish my Turkish friends well in this journey and sincerely hope all those fighting for justice and democracy will win. We are all watching Turkey with eagerness and excitement, yet of course we worry.”

  • Opened Wi-Fi network to protesters

Egeran Gallery

  • Declaration of support:

“Dear friends, and colleagues,

We support the civil resistance which started in Gezi Parki and has spread all around Turkey in a few days; and we wish that the demands of the protesters will be considered in a peaceful ground and excessive use of police force will stop immediately.
Egeran Galeri Team”

  • Kept posting information and articles on the resistance on Facebook page for days

Elipsis Gallery

  • Tweeted hashtags about Gezi Parkı

Galeri Zilberman

  • Declaration of support:

“We hereby announce our support to the occupygezi movement until police violence is put to an end and all democratic demands are met in a peaceful ground of expression and debate.”

Galerist

  • Shared Kendell Geers’s message with a photo of him taken in the protest, on Facebook page and Twitter:

“As a former anti-Apartheid activist who never give up the fight to leave the world a better place for future generations, and with the curiosity of a contemporary artist,  I found myself at the forefront of the protests upon my arrival in Istanbul. I still believe that art will change the world! …

I dedicate my exhibition “Stealing Fire from Heaven” to the streets of Istanbul, to the people who are revolting for a better future, and to the trees and plants in the little park that await to be rescued as living monuments and reminders of commitment to life.  I dedicate my exhibition to those who still believe and don’t give up hope.”

Gallery Apel

  • Declaration of support:

“We hereby announce our support to the occupygezi movement until police violence is put to an end and all democratic demands are met in a peaceful ground of expression and debate.”

Gallery İlayda

  • Hung a white towel out of window as a sign, and kept the gallery space open as a shelter to protesters. Water, food, clean T-shirts, vinegar and lemon kept available to help people
  • Declaration of support:

“Gallery İlayda fully supports the resistance in Gezi Park” (attached a photo shows the  parcels of bottled water packaged and ready to transport)

Gallery Mana

  • Declaration of support:

“We hereby announce our support to the occupygezi movement until police violence is put to an end and all democratic demands are met in a peaceful ground of expression and debate.”

Halka Art Project

  • Put a photo album on official website that includes photographs from the resistance
  • Kept posting information and articles on the resistance on Facebook page for days

Hayaka artı

  • Declaration of support:

“We are supporting the Taksim demonstrations believing that this is an important peaceful civil movement. We will continue with our activities as long as the circumstances allow us, and in line with this approach will keep on saying #OccupyGezi.”

  • In the new exhibition, the artist invited people to express themselves about the resistance:

“Due to the current civil movement taking place in Istanbul, the artist invites the audience to come and participate in her exhibition, by sharing their thoughts and feelings through letters, photographs, drawings, etc. they add on the gallery walls.”

  • Kept posting information and articles on the resistance on Facebook page for days

İKSV (İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts)

  • Published the statement on the 13th İstanbul Biennial ‘Public Capital’ event.

The first part written by İKSV and the second part written by the curator of 13th İstanbul Biennial, Fulya Erdemci

In the first part of the statement, İKSV just focused on the protest that took place during the ‘Public Capital’ event.

In the second part of the statement, Fulya Erdemci mentioned the resistance:

“The resistance movement which began with the uprooting of one tree at Taksim Gezi Park on May 27 and the torching of the guard tents set up by activists, evolved into a nationwide—even worldwide—demonstration and has shown us a unique example of solidarity. This peaceful youth movement, which envisioned and realized the solidarity of different (and perhaps clashing) worldviews with honesty and openness, has been a transformative experience none of us could have imagined. We have learned, and continue to learn, a great deal from this experience.”

İstanbul ’74

  • Shared Tilda Swinton’s photo that she supports protesters and a photo from the protest in Taksim Square on Facebook page

Kare Art Gallery

  • Declaration of support:

“We hereby announce our support to the occupygezi movement until police violence is put to an end and all democratic demands are met in a peaceful ground of expression and debate.”

Kargart

  • Called people to be part of resistance and solidarity for days on Facebook page
  • Shared a phone number and made an open call to protesters, especially who don’t have enough credits to send mass messages, for sending information and news from reliable sources for spreading to other people

Karşı Sanat Çalışmaları

  • Posted declaration of support and articles on the resistance for days and called people to be part of solidarity on Facebook page

Marquise Dance Hall

  • Shared a declaration of support that includes aims, critics on government, police violence and media
  • Kept posting information and articles on the resistance on Facebook page for days

Maumau

  • Declaration of support:

“We ask for your solidarity and support. Please spread this text. We need your insight and your solidarity in this matter.

Today, early in the morning, the police forces entered Taksim Square claiming the only aim is to collect the posters in Taksim Square; they won’t attack Gezi Park and the commune in Gezi Park. Besides the questionable truth behind this action and it’s means used until now, we would also like to remind that the resistance is all over Turkey. As well as sharing the sensibility about Gezi Park destruction, it is a general protest towards governments attitudes. This approach by the government might mean to use more aggressive means to suppress the resistance in Beşiktaş, Ankara, Antakya, Adana, İzmir, Rize, Çanakkale, Samsun, Antalya, Kayseri and furthermore in following days.
We are resisting for the plantation of Gezi Park as well as for our basic human rights such as freedom of speech, freedom of protest and many others. Please do not believe in mainstream media and government trying to show our resistance differently.

We need your support! help our voice to be heard!”

  • Opened Wi-Fi network to protesters
  • Kept the space open for protesters to shelter
  • Shared articles on the resistence on Facebook page

Mixer

  • Shared a declaration of support that includes aims, critics on government, police violence and media

Non

  • Declaration of support:

“The NON team will be at Gezi Park in Taksim showing solidarity for the OccupyGezi movement which has been spreading worldwide. We strongly condemn the severe use of force by police around Turkey as well as the negligence of the Turkish media. We will continue to support the protests until all violence is put to an end and all democratic demands are met in a peaceful ground of expression and debate.”

Pi Artworks

  • Declaration of support:

“We hereby announce our support to the occupygezi movement until police violence is put to an end and all democratic demands are met in a peaceful ground of expression and debate.”

Pilevneli Project

  • Declaration of support:

“We hereby announce our support to the occupygezi movement until police violence is put to an end and all democratic demands are met in a peaceful ground of expression and debate.”

Pilot

  • Shared a declaration of support that includes the story of Gezi Park occupation, police violence, critics on government and it was also a call to international human rights organizations, professors and press members
  • Opened Wi-Fi network to protesters
  • Kept posting information and articles on the resistance on Facebook page for days

Pist

  • Announced on Facebook page and Twitter account that Pist joins ongoing protests and In case of emergency they welcome anyone in need of help around Pangaltı
  • Kept the space open for protesters to shelter
  • Kept posting information and articles on the resistance and called people to join the solidarity on Facebook page and Twitter for days

Rampa

  • Declaration of support:

“Hereby, we announce our solidarity with the ongoing peaceful protests and express our wish to stop the violence in the clashes immediately.”

  • Opened Wi-Fi network to protesters

Salt

  • Declaration of support:

“L’Internationale confederation museum directors call for a dialogue in Turkey

As public cultural institutions dedicated to the sharing and support of a wide range of ideas and information, we deplore the violent suppression of legitimate public protest in Turkey. We call upon the Turkish government to refrain from any further incitement and to cease its defamation of cultural actors and unproven accusations against so-called “foreign agents”. We call upon the government to announce immediate plans to open dialogue with a broad range of civil society actors.

The actions of the Turkish government over the past months in the field of culture have reduced artistic diversity and capacity. The space where social, political and cultural differences can be explored and peacefully exchanged with full respect for antagonistic opinions has been dangerously reduced in the name of narrow political orthodoxy. The suppression of independent voices within the widely respected and celebrated Turkish cultural field, through public condemnation and legal threats, direct interference in artistic programming or through the closure of key public institutions under the guise of redevelopment, is unacceptable.

The government seriously risks damaging the diverse and successful artistic activities built up over the past ten years and more in Turkey. We therefore call upon the government to support the principle of artistic liberty and the independence of cultural institutions and to seek to open up new forums for dialogue and the rebuilding of trust.

Bart De Baere – Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium), Zdenka Badovinac – Moderna Galerija (MG, Ljubljana, Slovenia),

Manuel Borja-Villel – Museo nacional centro de arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS, Madrid, Spain), Charles Esche – Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven, the Netherlands), Vasif Kortun – SALT (Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey), Bartomeu Marí – Museu d’art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA, Barcelona, Spain)”

  • Kept the front entrance of Salt Beyoğlu open for protesters to shelter during the police attacks. After teargas filled the ground floor and police target the building, the front entrance was closed and just the back entrance was kept open. They continued to help people injured by teargas.

Sanatorium

  • Declaration of support:

“Unfortunately, the events which started in our city and spread to Turkey’s many cities continues. Besides the excessive violence that distresses us, this process has left us face to face with the fact that as an individual or institution in Turkey, we are under great pressure.

This fact gives a special meaning and importance to these days. We hope that these days’ serves as a step in the process of becoming a society where democracy is functional, human rights are respected, freedom of expression is not suppressed, equality is internalized and our differences are celebrated.

People of İstanbul, including many artists, are working day and night, trying to be heard under intense pepper gas and pressurized water attacks for nearly a week. We need to listen to them.

They want the İstiklal Gezi Park to stay as a park, the authorities responsible from violent acts to resign, people who were taken into custody to be released without any transaction and removal of the ban about protesting in public spaces, especially Taksim.

We hope that the violence will be put to an end.”

  • Sheltered protesters

Siyah Beyaz Art Gallery

  • Declaration of support:

“As Siyah Beyaz, we hereby announce our support to the occupygezi movement until police violence is put to an end and all democratic demands are met in a peaceful ground of expression and debate and we accept that we are looters.”

  • Shared their own photo that shows them with gas masks in protest

The Empire Project

  • Declaration of support:

“While Poligon is closed The Empire Gallery will be sporadically open, based on circumstance, please bear with us while we continue our resistance Thank you for your support and understanding.”

  • Opened Wi-Fi network to protesters
  • Sheltered protesters

The Museum of Innocence

  • Shared articles on the resistance written by Orhan Pamuk on the official website, Facebook page and Twitter

 

written by Atalay Yavuz

co-founder, author | attending the graduate program at UdK, Berlin. Holds a B.Sc. in Pharmacy from Marmara Universty , Istanbul. Lives and works in Berlin.

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