Critical Art in Istanbul Endangered Voices
After establishing the economic and political hegemony, the oppressive regime in Turkey has officially launched a cultural war against the critical meaning producers in the country. Among other examples of arbitrary persecutions, one of the boldest steps in this Kulturkampf has been the arrest of Osman Kavala, the founder of Anadolu Kültür, Depo and red-thread.org. The presentation will try to contextualise the history of these institutions and to illustrate current obstructions to cultural fields in Turkey.
Erden Kosova, editor, Red Thread, Istanbul
Eylem Ertürk, arts manager, formerly at Anadolu Kültür, Istanbul