It was a warm day in Istanbul. The morning haze had just cleared, when
out of nowhere a group of riot police stormed the busy port. A small
innocent girl was walking along the promenade unaware of the anticipated
football crowds. Many of the people visiting this small port were equally
unaware of the troubles to come.
The riot police were prepared for everything that a hooligan could start.
What they did not expect was a photographer capturing their glares.
The photographer was persuaded to cease and sent back to Europe on the
Ignoring the schoolgirl in their attempts to terminate the photographing
sends a message about our own decorum. The victim again had to fend
for herself as a male dominated society often propagates. The actions
of her attackers were easily to overlooked. The activity of a photographer
Is it women’s fault for the male domination in our (art)HIStory?
Is she the willing participant in the molestation and objectification?
Can we permit the continuation of such behavior?
Is a place like Istanbul or for that matter Turkey any different than
Aren’t we perfect partners with a common HIStory?
girl can wash off the drawings from these artists but can we close the
book and ignore the inequality?
|I would personally
like to thank the artists Lucas from Leiden, Franco, Boucher, and VanHonthorst
for their hand in this project :)
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