Shepard Fairey expresses solidairty with Turkish protestors

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20130603istanbul promo1 300x178 Shepard Fairey expresses solidairty with Turkish protestors Image courtesy of: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

With a well known reputation known to take a political stance in his works, Los Angeles based graphic designer, Shepard Fairey recently released a portrait of the former Turkish leader, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, on his OBEY Giant website this week. The image was crafted several years ago per request of a turkish friend and was intially unavailable to the public, but due to the revolts and protests occuring in Turkey at the moment,he felt the need to release the image for online users to download and manipulate as they please.

Fairey commented on his OBEY blog, “The overall issue is that the current Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government have come too far towards authoritarianism, dictatorship and fascism, and farther away from Ataturk’s founding and modern society’s democratic and secular principles, including plans to demolish Ataturk Cultural Centre. It is not a political or religious movement, it is a human rights movement representing all corners of their society.”


About VC Maurer

After receiving her Masters degree in Curating Contemporary Design at Kingston University in London, UK , the Florida native ‘VC’ is now back stateside. Working all over London from Notting Hill to Hackney Wick to central Soho, now based in New York, NY she will continue to represent FADwebsite across the pond as editor for FADNewYork. With a background in art history and a passionate thirst for knowing as much as she can about the contemporary art scene- she revels in studio visits and one to one interviews with practicing artists from various artistic and creative disciplines. So if you are an emerging/ established artist or gallery looking for more coverage in New York- VC is the person to contact!

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