These performances are part of the series “Unknown Sports – Public Space”. They took place in Istanbul in the summer of 2008.
If a miniskirt wearing woman is being raped, according to Article 29 of the Turkish Criminal Code related to “Unfair Provocation”, she is considered an accessory to the crime or may be arrested for wearing a miniskirt, because this is seen as a provocative act. In my performances I aim to provoke audiences. For these particular provocations I chose four locations, two of them being shopping and business districts and the other two religiously conservative districts of Istanbul.
Performance in Fatih
Istanbul’s Fatih district is well known for its religiously conservative inhabitants. The day of my performance was a Muslim religious holiday. In the performance I am getting undressed and encouraging passers-by, especially women, to take off my bridal dress.