Women’s Museum Istanbul celebrated 11th October 2020 International Day of the Girl with two exhibitions and a billboard action.
Istanbul Women’s Museum in cooperation with Fridays for Future activist girls in Turkey, with kids, kindergarten teachers and parents of Koşan Kaplumbağa Anaokulu (Running Turtle Kindergarten) and young artists of Ammonite Digital Art Gallery present a physical and a virtual exhibition, a billboard action and a book.
Just as countless peers all over the world, in Turkey climate activist girls are drawing attention to the destruction of the ecosystem and the climate crisis. In intensive communication with their peers around the world they raise their voice for climate justice and demand that effective precautions be taken. They lead a global struggle against a global crisis. They grow the seed that Greta Thunberg has sown. This promising movement has now been documented, thus – at the same time – being a document of the history of girlhood in Turkey.
The project Which future will you leave me? Girls on the climate crisis comprises four separate actions with a common title and common content, but with different terms of dissemination and use. It includes a physical exhibition, a virtual exhibition, a book and a billboard action. All four actions are presented to the public on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl, on October, 11th, 2020.
All activities of the project are based on 28 messages from 28 climate activists. With their own methods and tools every component of the project demonstrates how girls envision their future in a world whose ecosystem is destroyed, about how they feel affected by anxieties connected with climate change, about what demands they make on themselves and others in the fight against the climate crisis and which hopes they have.
The book containing the messages of the activists, artworks and children’s drawings is made available free of charge – in print and as a digital version – to climate activists in Turkey and those who want to support them. The virtual exhibition will welcome its visitors 24/7 at istanbulkadinmuzesi.org/whichfuturewillyouleaveme. The physical exhibition is hosted by Schneidertempel Art Center from November, 9th through November, 25th 2020. This exhibition features works created by young artists from Ammonite Digital Art Gallery for the project Which future will you leave me? Girls on the climate crisis. The artists are: Vanessa Ponte, Selenay Tektunalı, Asya Nur Hasgül, Asya Gürhan, Refia Dermancıoğlu, Elif Fidancı, Elif Berkel, Melike Kuş, Nar Preşeva, Öykü Topal, Buse Simon, Pi.uv, Bilge Abur Yıldız, Lal Diltemiz, Tipim Kayık, Sinan Dağ, Melisa Dalkılıç, Raika Lara Kaya, Batuhan Aker, Fikriye Çetin.
Apart from this, the messages of the climate activist girls will be communicated to the public on more than 100 billboards and 100 banners in Istanbul’s streets as well as on screens in public transport between 9-25 October.
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