AI Turkey - What motivated you to get involved in trans activism?
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Published on Mar 15, 2012
A Social Justice and Art project of Gabrielle Le Roux in collaboration with Trans Activists in Turkey with the support of Amnesty International Turkey and the Consulate General of Netherlands.
Transgender activists in Turkey stand up not only for their own rights but for a social justice more broadly. They recognise and experience the intersections of militarism, nationalism, capitalism and sexism that feed into their social exclusion. Meet a diverse group of Turkey's trans activists in person speaking out on their own terms in this 18 part series of films. Each film explores a different question.
There is a frighteningly high, and growing, incidence of hate crimes and murders of transgender people, specially trans women, in Turkey, and a vibrant, motivated, politicized trans movement has emerged in response and is demanding to be heard. Trans activists of various genders, aged 24 -- 57 from five cities in Turkey speak out candidly and intimately in these films about their lives, struggle to get their rights recognised, and vision for a more inclusive world.
These films comprise the video installation in the exhibition Proudly Trans in Turkey. The travelling exhibition, a cultural intervention for social justice, combines portraits drawn from life, first-person stories, interviews and video. It is a call to solidarity with the trans rights movement in Turkey. It is a co-creation between Turkish activists and South African artist and activist for social justice Gabrielle Le Roux.
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