“Untitled” on International Women’s Day

” The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.”
Piet Mondrian

The starting point of the “Untitled” which is comprised of 440 pairs of women’s shoes, is the increasing number of women murders in Turkey. 440 pairs of shoes, arranged in a regular grid on two walls, rises up as a femicide memorial, while pointing out to the number of murdered women by men in 2018 in Turkey; in different ways and for different motives.

Pointing a finger to the tradition of leaving the shoes of the deceased in front of the door of their houses, this work carries the memory of violence against women to the street; and it acts as a mediator for public debate and awareness.

shoes juxtaposition

Focusing in his practice on the power, reckoning with power and taking positions according to it, Tuna looks at the basics of violence, especially in this geography, in a world where, today, one in three women is the victim of physical or sexual violence.

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Published by Jeanette Dean

I'm a life long learner. I've been on a voyage of discovery since childhood so ask why a lot. I'm Irish and a bit American. I write because its freeing and healing. I love photography, theology, the natural beauty of Ireland and swimming in the sea year round. I see the world through the lens of Celtic Christianity but can try on other perspectives. The business of everyday spirituality has always fascinated me. I hope this blog challenges, inspires and encourages you. Perhaps you'd like to work with me. Please reach out to me if that's the case. I'd love to hear from YOU so please comment and let me know you are out there!

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