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Oldest graffiti artist adores Atatürk

Posted on 24 February 2017

Ataturk graffitiYou will find his work on many walls in Istanbul. On the European as well as on the Asian shores of the Bosporus. I saw him once around 11 PM drawing on exactly this spot in Kadıköy, where the Roma women are selling their flowers.

He is retired and in his 70ties. He draws always the same portrait: Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who was a Turkish army officer, revolutionary leader, and the first President of Turkey. He is also the founder of the Republic of Turkey.

The oldest graffiti artist of Istanbul adores Atatürk and his dream of a secular, modern and western Turkey.

His portraits have a political message: a warning and a protest against the Islamist policies of the ruling AKP.

Many admirers of Atatürk say the way of life he enshrined is at peril under the AKP. Their grievances include the conversion of secular schools into religious ones, the spread of Islamic headscarves in public offices, and a religious, Sunni based foreign policy.


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