May 31st in 2013 marked the beginning of an attack. People who were staying at Gezi Parki, the central Park at Taksim Square in Istanbul, got attacked with tear gas and water cannons by turkish police forces. The people who stayed at the Park wanted to protect it from being turned into yet another site of urban commercialisation.
Soon, the protests that were centred around criticism of urban reconstruction, gentrification and corruption, turned into a collective forum to openly criticise other politics of the government.
I was living in Istanbul during that time and the protest spread into many other cities like Ankara or Izmir. What started as a form of necessary protection against burning tear gas turned, while the protests went on, into a form of protection because the faces could not be recognised as easily by the police.
The portraits were published for ARTE CREATIVE