ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish artist Vahit Tuna has mounted 440 pairs of high heels on the facade of a constructing on a busy Istanbul avenue, to represent the quantity of women murdered in home or sexual violence in Turkey in 2018.
“We are standing in a street now and maybe people are faced with a work of art for the first time, an open and bleeding wound for the very first time. I believe this has an impact,” mentioned Tuna.
“I think this (installation) creates awareness and is something that influences people and makes them think,” he added.
In Turkey, there’s a custom of putting the sneakers of somebody who handed away outdoors an entrance. The art work covers an space of 260 sq. meters.
“Frankly, I do not feel safe on the streets and this view is really awful. There are 440 pairs of shoes here and it means that many lives have been lost in 2018. This is very upsetting,” mentioned Turkish banker Serap Kilic.
Another banker, Hilal Koseoglu, mentioned: “As long as everybody remains silent, violence against women will increase and this violence is not just about murdering women but also suppressing and silencing them.”
Around 440 women had been killed in 2018 in Turkey, in line with a report printed by Kadin Cinayetlerini Durduracagiz Platformu (We Will Stop Femicide Platform) which retains data on murders. The platform reported that 49 women had been killed by males in the month of August 2019 alone.
Reporting by Yesim Dikmen, Mehmet Emin Caliskan, Deniz Uyar; Editing by Alexandra Hudson