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#Occupygezi: Public Protest in Gezi Park and Beyond
To coincide with the Design Museum's exhibition, Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18, Turkish journalist and author Ece Temelkuran will discuss the role of visual material and social media in Turkey’s Occupy Gezi movement.
The Occupy Gezi movement of 2013 saw protests erupt across Turkey in response to the government’s announcement of a redevelopment plan to replace Gezi Park, one of the few remaining green spaces on the European side of Istanbul.
The movement ignited a creative response from protestors, whose posters, banners, and street art as well as memes, videos and GIFS, were tools for communicating discontent.
This event is part of the Speakers' Corner series delivered in partnership with Zed Books.
Ece Temelkuran is one of the Turkey’s best known novelists and political commentators. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times, New Statesman, Der Spiegel among others. Temelkuran’s book Turkey: The Insane and Melancholy (Zed Books, 2016), documents the rise of authoritarianism in Turkey.