March 16, 2011

Torture exhibition in Istanbul reveals devastated lives

The 20th anniversary of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey brings together 130 Turkish artists in an exhibition titled 'Ateşin Düştüğü Yer' (Where Fire Has Struck), highlighting torture, human-rights violations and unsolved murders in Turkey. 'Torture still continues, ' says the foundation's chair, Şebnem Korur Fincancı. Art consultant Erdem Kosova adds, 'We bring the hidden truths to society’s agenda with this exhibition'

Letters from prisoners, video footage, newspaper clippings and reconstructions of painful historical events are among the materials that have been used by artists to explore human-rights violations, torture and unsolved murders in Turkey.

Reaching back to the Ottoman era and the Republic period and up to the present day, the 130 Turkish artists participating in “Ateşin Düştüğü Yer” (Where Fire Has Struck) aim to raise social awareness about often-hidden incidents for the 20th anniversary of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, or TİHV.

The show features people who were exposed to a wide range of torture and pressure, said Erdem Kosova, the art consultant for the exhibition, which opened late last week at Depo in Istanbul’s Tophane neighborhood. “In this way, we show the core of trauma. We bring the hidden truths to society’s agenda with this exhibition.” he said.

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