Scribbled with a prison pen: detained Turkish designer’s drawings go on show in New York

More than 40 works made by the Turkish art director Fevzi Yazici, who is currently detained in Istanbul's Silivri Prison on terrorism charges, are due to go on show at Yeh Art Gallery in Queens, New York (Dark White, 30 January-14 March). Yazici was the designer at the newspaper Zaman, which was shut down by the Turkish government in July 2016.

“Yazici's whimsical, yet puzzling drawings often imagine dream-like spaces and worlds with attenuated, wriggling figures and address themes related to transformation, emancipation, and psychological states,” says a gallery statement. Drawings made using a prison pen, consisting of “detailed transitions from white to black via thousands of dots”, include Arrest Socrates (2018) which shows an individual illuminated by a series of spotlights.

Greg Manifold, the design director at the Washington Post, tweeted: “Imprisoned Turkish journalist Fevzi Yazici has an art show opening at St. Johns University [where Yeh Art Gallery is located]. The collection is powerful and includes pieces drawn from the dim light in solitary confinement at Silivri Prison.” Manifold has also contributed a text to the exhibition about his longstanding friendship with Yazici.

According to the Swedish advocacy organisation, Stockholm Center for Freedom, Yazici was accused by the Turkish government of helping mastermind the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in July 2016. He subsequently stood trial on terrorism charges and was given an aggravated life sentence in February 2018 along with five other journalists. After a retrial last November, Yazici was charged with membershRead More – Source

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