if you have been following the images that have been flooding the internet from the streets of turkey in the past days, you may have noticed that the movement of #occupygezi (also #direngezi, #resistanbul or #occupyturkey) has been quick to establish a very distinct visual identity – perhaps even more so since the turkish media is far from providing a decent coverage of events. most of the circulating photographs document the size of the movement as well as the police violence it encounters. yet, they also show the aesthetics of the revolt, including the many impromptu messages written on the walls and floors of gezi park. the fact that street vendors sell spray paint along with gas and guy fawkes masks to protesters indicates just how integral graffiti has become to the symbolic protest economy.
as the protesters fight continues, here is a little tribute to the graffiti and street art of #occupygezi and beyond.
graffiti slogans seem to have popped up everywhere (source: http://occupygezipics.tumblr.com/).
a burnt out government truck that reads “you are not innocent anymore” (source: http://earthfirstnews.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/a-few-inspiring-moments-from-turkey-occupy-gezi/)
“the revolution will not be televised” – critique of the turkish media politics (source: http://boyalikus.tumblr.com/)
graffiti is consciously integrated into the geography of #occupygezi as the “library”/graffiti bus suggests (source: http://occupygezipics.tumblr.com/)
“occupy antarctica” when public television chose to air a penguin documentary instead of covering the recent events, the animals became an icon of the movement (source: http://statigr.am/manyetikbant)
“no more lies” (source: http://statigr.am/nomoreliesart)
penguins – clearly erdogans biggest headache (source: http://statigr.am/burakpolat)
“everyday i’m chapuling” – irony is one of the most striking features of the graffiti of #occupygezi. as erdogan referred to the protesters as chapuls (marauders), the term started surfacing in graffiti all over (source: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/to-chapul-or-not-to-chapul-gezi-park-takes-a-swipe-at-power-with-laughter.aspx?pageID=238&nID=48470&NewsCatID=341)
erdogan, the natural enemy of the movement, is often referred to in graffiti (source: http://occupygezipics.tumblr.com/)
from new enemies to old heroes “old timer draws a profile of ataturk” (source: http://i.imgur.com/BE7yn5P.jpg)
the excessive use of tear gas is often criticized (source: http://statigr.am/seporet)
gas masks all around (source: http://www.animalnewyork.com/2013/occupygezi-before-twitter-there-was-graffiti/)
barricades and even bricks become canvases (source: http://www.animalnewyork.com/2013/occupygezi-before-twitter-there-was-graffiti/)
“we own this city” reclaiming the walls of gezi and beyond (source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/manyetikbant/8935507407/ // photography by artemis günebakanlı)
in solidarity with #occupygezi (source: https://www.facebook.com/OccupyTurkeyGraffiti)