Turkey’s Artistic Erasure
Art and politics have always gone hand in hand. So, when President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey set out to heel the Turkish art scene, he was met with artistic protests. Although artists previously felt comfortable opposing Erdoğan’s regime, a slew of arrests have caused political activists to become increasingly wary of speaking out against his authoritarianism. Amidst a declining art economy, Turkey’s situation questions art’s role in free speech and the well being of a nation.