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 Üsküdar
Üsküdar has a long religious tradition. Here, I am using a book, an egg and a piece of bread. If I were to run, I would have to step against the egg, the book and the bread. The book’s cover shows ornamentations which make it look like a Quran, but in fact, the book is a fairy tale book. Under the pressure of the bystanders my performance was brought to an end.