Translated from Turkish by Translators For Justice
Art is our windpipe, keeping us alive, cleansing our woes, allowing us to breathe.We the artists, who have stood by and observed the values, problems and the sorrows of this country, and who have been rewarded by the society for their efforts, or have suffered for this cause declare:
There is a smell of anger and hate in the air yet again. Attempts to derogate, target, defame, accuse and oppress art and artists continue persistently.
The reckless mouth that says “The feet shall not rule the head*” is sowing the seeds of hate among the society.
The “Us & Them” discourse is sharpening social polarization.
To prevent further grievances, we the undersigned demand
an end to hate speech,
an end to the targeting of artists and the works of art,
and an end to social oppression.
*”The feet are now ruling the head” is an old Turkish idiom, used by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in one of his speeches. Originally, this idiom includes a scornful remark, claiming that a crowd of rabble has now become the rulers.
Yaşar Kemal, Ara Güler, Zülfü Livaneli, Orhan Pamuk, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Fazıl Say, Ferzan Özpetek, Murathan Mungan, Ayşe Kulin, Sırrı Süreyya Önder , Halit Kıvanç, Tarık Akan, Elif Şafak, Emrah Serbes, Haldun Dormen, Filiz-Fikret-Otyam, Ahmet ümit, Halit Ergenç, Rutkay Aziz, Çetin Tekindor, Okan Bayülgen, Serra Yılmaz, Volkan Konak, Ayfer Tunç, Nebil Özgentürk, Yavuz Bingöl , Sunay Akın, Haluk Bilginer, Can Dündar, Erdal Beşikçioğlu, Ataol Behramoğlu, Cahit Berkay, Levent Üzümcü, Devrim Erbil, Selçuk Yöntem, Vedat Sakman, Erol Demiroz, Mustafa Alabora, Zeynel Oral, Gürer Aykal, Latife Tekin, Halil Ergün, Ece Temelkuran, Derya Köroğlu, Müge İplikçi, Edip Akbayram, Cihan Ünal, Müjde Ar, Ferhan Şensoy, Leyla Erbil, Onur Akın, Ahmet Telli, Bejan Matur, Yılmaz Odabaşı, Zeki Alasya, Mehmet Aksoy, Ahmet Say, Müjdat Gezen, Yüksel Aksu, Ferhan-Ferzan Önder, Gülsin Onay, Leman Sam, Musa Kart, Metin Üstündağ, DemetAkbağ, Kürşat Başar, Ahmet Güneştekin, Menderes Samancılar, Sermiyan Midyat, Ercan Kesal, Bulutsuzluk Özlemi, Ömer Faruk Sorak, Musa Eroğlu, Osman Şahin, Harun Tekin, Kardeş Türküler (BGST), Kudsi Ergüner, Duman, Bedri Koraman, Nejat İşler, İdil Biret