The Colour of the Resistance; Is It Red, Purple or Green? the Grassroots of the Eco-Feminism in Gezi Resistance

Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 14:15
Location: Hörsaal 10 (Juridicum)
Oral Presentation
Hande COSKAN, Crossways Cultural Narratives Master Student, Turkey
We are in the war with black. Biased creatives are manipulating the colours. They are putting on the screen a black ninja and an orange victim. This manipulation and by the control of the perception, small children are running out with the knifes and behead their brown teddy-bears. We are in the post-communication era. The colours are so saturated, lively and garish. The image is powerful in HD; high-definated times. 

If we have the definite screen as a member of “society of spectacle”, we are looking and seeing the plastic colours but if we were the initator resisters from the beginning; for example read Bookchin and practice ecology and be aware of the global environmental crisis, what if the colours look like?

Gezi resistance in 2013 in İstanbul, it was an unique uprising in Taksim square and for 15 days a commune experienced in the center of the city. There were different social resistant groups, even the feminists which represented by purple or the socialists with red, LGBTI with the rainbow…

Gezi protesters were talented and avant-garde in art. They drawed and coloured the stairs, the walls, the city in every colour. The state colored back in grey. The police was like against to the all colours of the world. What is the war of the colours? What are their symbolism? The purple’s, the red’s, the green’s in the park… Which contains the other? And if the words come into the social movement, can be told any organisation for a political participation which contains the true colours? What is the junction point of the green movement and purple representation of feminists in Gezi resistance? We have to examine the grassroots of eco-feminism in Turkey and their methods for activism in the light of the road to the Gezi experience.