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VAHIT TUNA

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In central Istanbul, Turkish artist VAHIT TUNA installed "Untitled" using 440 pairs of black women’s shoes to memorialize the number of women in Turkey killed in domestic violence cases in 2018. (He is referencing an old tradition, in that country, of hanging shoes of the deceased outside their home). In a poem Vahit wrote to coincide with the piece, "...the one at the back thinks she's running, but she's knee deep in mud." And according to the artist, “This was a huge opportunity to slam the government’s face every day with the issue... because all femicide is political.” 

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