The Gezi Park protests marked a change in Turkish society. The peaceful atmosphere of the early days was violated by police violence and within a couple of days protests spread out from Gezi Park across the whole country. The Gezi Park protests did not only inspire an active consciousness for democracy and participation, but also let a new, young protest culture arise. In spite of the violence by the state, which has given rise to a sharp polarization within society, the peaceful and uniting character of the Gezi park protests still reflect the hope and desire for a country that is based on a functioning democracy, justice and freedom of speech, as well as the wish for a society full of respect and tolerance for each other.
We will show short films dealing with the protests from very different artistic point of views. The Turkish architect and independent writer Yelta Köm will present his initiative Herkes Icin Mimarlik (Architecture for All) and its internationally showcased work #occupygezi architecture. Finally, we will show the documentary Ekümenopolis – City Without Limits by Imre Azem which portrays the neoliberal urbanization in Istanbul and thus highlights the background and motivation for the Gezi Park protests.