In many countries of the world, particularly in the Middle Eastern ones, women face violence in the name of ‘honour’ and thousands of them are murdered by men. Official records in Turkey suggest that 200 women were murdered in 2020. Unoffical and unregistered murders are estimated to be much more.
This Project, which aims to raise awareness on this issue, employs shoes as representation of women. 200 pairs of shoes symbolising victims will be exhibited in open space. Only first names of the victims will be demonstrated. These shoes will be collected by sensitive women after an open call on social media.
Shoes, regardless of their preference, demonstrate the wearer’s identity. They make a mark. And these marks include ‘fragments’ of her identity. They even give clues about her mood (fear, joy, grief…). Shoes, particularly women shoes do talk. The sound of walking shoes in fact tell a person’s life story. They express emotions transiently. Therefore, this project will employ sounds of shoes and more sound effects in order to tell victims’ life stories. The exhibition will take place on a public space, in front of the Izmit Municipality building.
If you’d like to support to our project, please take photo of a woman shoe in the main square of your city and send us until March 8th.
Meeting with Director of Art and Cultural Studies Laboratory (ACSL) Susanna Gyulamiryan (Art Critic/Curator of the Armenian Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia 2019). Agreed with an exchange programme in Helikon Art Center for autmumn.
Orhan Özçalık is in Tehran Embassy of Republic of Turkey, with Counsellor of Cultural & Information Affairs Mehmet Taşkın, Helikon’s Representative & Curator Neda Tavalaee and Kooshk Residency Executive Manager Maryam Bagheri.