Texts in the Open — The Gezi Parki Protests in Istanbul


Are graffitis tracing the call for human rights? The Istanbul Gezi Parki protests were an outlet that left writings in public spaces expressing discontent, but also represent the thoughts of the protesters at their most radical core. By analyzing and interpreting images of the protests taken by the researcher the protests should be able to be interpreted in a way that in the same time distances itself from the subject by taking the stance of the observer and immerses itself by trying to build a common understanding. With a hermeneutic approach of interpretation those texts were put into a historical context and interpreted while relying on the researchers experiences and photographs and supported by three interviews with contemporary Turkish and Dutch artists which occupy a key role with their status as intermediate subjects connecting cultures as active agents. The results show clearly the non-localness of the texts. With the close reading network structures are revealed that imply the globality of the conflicts.

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Roman Glass, Turkish German University, Turkey

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Conference: ACCS2018
Stream: Cultural Studies

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