Turkey

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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Post image for In Two Istanbul Galleries, Artists Piece Together Memories of Gezi

ISTANBUL — Central Istanbul looks markedly different today than it did around this time two years ago.

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Post image for Botched Restoration Leaves Ancient Mosaics Looking Like Cartoons

It’s been nearly three years since an ill-trained restorer bestowed Beast Jesus upon the world (wide web), but now a mosaic artist in southern Turkey is calling attention to the cartoonish makeover given to Roman mosaics.

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Post image for In the Wake of Gezi, Taking Stock of Istanbul’s Art Scene

ISTANBUL — What are the ramifications of the Gezi Taksim protests for the artistic community in Istanbul and, by extension, the arts in Turkey?

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