Turkey

Post image for Cheery Skeleton Mosaic Found in Turkey Says, “Enjoy Your Life” [UPDATED]

Reclining by a wine jug and a portion of bread, a cup in one bony hand, the skeleton on a 3rd-century BCE mosaic discovered in Turkey has a simple message for its viewers: “Be cheerful, enjoy your life.”

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Post image for Fighting the Banality of Moderates: An Artist’s Vision for a Peaceful Turkey

When violence is celebrated, evil consumes good and insurgency turns into a kind of distortion of civilization. We have to find a way to break this vicious cycle.

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Post image for Digitally Sewn Photographs that Extend Our Depth of Vision

Turkish photographer Aydın Büyüktaş describes his surreal photographic series Flatland as a “multidimensional romantic point of view.”

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Post image for Prominent Members of Turkey’s Arts Community Released After Arrest at Peace March

After days in detention, leading members of the arts community in Turkey, and members of the peace initiative “Barış İçin Yürüyorum (I Am Walking For Peace),” were released following their December 31 arrest in Sur, Turkey.

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Post image for Gathering Gossip and Parsing Truth at the Istanbul Biennial

ISTANBUL — “Gossip,” according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is “trifling or groundless rumour.” I actually like to think of it as knowledge, but the kind that’s not considered true or rational — at least not yet anyway.

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Post image for Turkish Officials Discover Locals Dumping Trash in 2,400-Year-Old Tombs

Turkish officials recently discovered that locals in the town of Fethiye were using ancient tombs as storage units.

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Post image for A Terra-cotta Antiquity that Arrived at a Turkish Museum by Mail

On August 26, the Antalya Museum in Konyaaltı, Turkey, received an unexpected package from Vienna.

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Post image for Artist Who Got Turkish President Fined Now Facing Four Years in Jail

Sculptor Mehmet Aksoy may have scored a victory earlier this year, when the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was fined about $3,800 for calling his unfinished “Monument to Humanity” a “monstrosity,” but now the artist is facing 56 months in prison for insulting the president.

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Post image for A Rebuilt Installation of Barbed Wire and Blurred Reality

There is a contemporary preoccupation that our culture — global, Western, ‘modern’ — will not survive.

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Post image for Turkish Prime Minister Nails Political Banner to Ancient Roman Aqueduct

Here’s one way to draw attention to your political campaign: nail a banner with your face on it across a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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