Domestic abuse is a global issue that has existed for years, and artist Yankose created an art installation to raise awareness about it.
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Domestic abuse otherwise known as domestic violence or intimate partner abuse occurs across all socio-economic strata. More often than not, it goes unreported, and women continue to stay in unhealthy relationships because of fear, damaged self-worth, children, financial constraints, and distorted thoughts among others. Not surprisingly, this abuse can also turn fatal. As it is a taboo subject coupled with fear and shame, victims of domestic abuse rarely open up about their distress and make excuses for the perpetrator who is often their significant other.
Domestic abuse is a global issue that has heartbreakingly existed for years but remains unspoken to this day. But one artist in Turkey found a brilliant way to raise awareness about this issue while commemorating the lives of these fallen souls, so at least their lives are not lost in vain. Taking to Instagram, Yankose shared a few pictures of his project that features women shoes, each of which served as a reminder of those who became a victim of domestic violence.
According to Bored Panda, domestic violence is one of the most common causes of the death of women across the world. The situation is just as startling in Turkey where 40 percent of women have suffered domestic violence in 2018, and some of these cases tragically ended in fatalities. Hoping to remind people that such deaths can be avoided, Yankose came up with the idea of a monument of shoes to convey his grim message that would be impossible to look away from. The artist was inspired after seeing numerous people talking about the problem on social media but soon realized that these voices would disappear just as quickly as they had started.
Wanting to do more than just be an armchair activist, he came up with an idea that would be a physical reminder. Therefore, he constructed an art installation in central Istanbul and paid tribute to the 440 women who lost their lives to the violence. 440 pairs of black women's shoes made from "Untitled" The starting point of the project, an increasing number of women murders in Turkey. 2018 in various ways by men and pointing to the number of women murdered in Turkey work reasons and out into the street, keeping the memory of the violence against women; It acts as a mediator for public debate and awareness. #yellowseproject # 440, he wrote in an Instagram post.
In another post, he noted: Carrying the memory of violence against women to the streets, @ vahittuna's "Untitled" project undertakes the task of being a tool for public discussion and awareness. The installation, consisting of 440 pairs of black women's shoes, which points to the tradition of leaving the shoes of the deceased at the door of their homes, awaits visitors until March 2020. The starting point of the "Untitled" which is comprised of 440 pairs of women’s shoes, is the increasing number of women murders in Turkey. 440 pairs of shoes, arranged in a regular grid on two walls, rises up as a femicide memorial, while pointing out to the number of murdered women by men in 2018 in Turkey; in different ways and for different motives.
Pointing a finger to the tradition of leaving the shoes of the deceased in front of the door of their houses, this work carries the memory of violence against women to the street; and it acts as a mediator for public debate and awareness. Focusing in his practice on the power, reckoning with power, and taking positions according to it, Tuna looks at the basics of violence, especially in this geography, in a world where, today, one in three women is the victim of physical or sexual violence. #yellowseproject # 440, he continued. Yankose chose high heels as a symbol of independence from their spouse and feminine power that he wished all these women had.
Disclaimer: If you are being subjected to domestic abuse or know of anyone else who is, please visit The National Domestic Violence Hotline website or call 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522.