United We Stand

By Hediye Usta

Turkey is one of the top countries when it comes to femicide. Discrimination and violence against women, including femicides, have risen drastically in the country. The Turkish government has abandoned the Istanbul Convention, which was designed to protect women from male violence. We do not accept this decision, and we want the Istanbul Convention and law no 6284 to be effectively implemented.

As women living in Turkey, we fight for our rights in every possible way. We protest in the streets, on the social media. We make art about what is going on, we refuse to accept a male dominated society and government! We do not accept misogyny or patriarchy, and we do not obey their rules. We cry together, laugh together, hug eachother and stand for our sisters. We will fight for our freedom forever.

In this collection of female-themed works, I tried to express my feelings and thoughts of women suffering from male violence. I stand for all the women in the world. United we stand, united we are stronger!

WOMXN

80x54cm, mixed media on wood

women who sell tickets on trains,

women filling petrol in your car,

some women I saw somewhere recently, 

women who open the roads, 

women who cross their paths, 

purple women and yellow women, 

sometimes dark blue women, 

women walking through the streets at night, 

women crying in bed at 3 am, 

women who memorize only a single verse of a poem,

women who are poets, Sylvia, Emily, Maya

women whose breasts were taken from them, 

women who had their breasts removed by choice, 

women who put on face masks before going to sleep, 

women who do not sleep but keep watch,

women who heal you, women who wish you well,

women who create constantly,

Khadija, Mary, women who reach the horizon,

women leading in the background, 

Kirke, Medusa, women who are always vilified, 

women whose power is feared by everyone, 

Pippa Bacca, women who walk forever,

women who blossom within their palms, 

women holding in their breaths, in fear of not being able to live freely every day, 

Hande, Pınar, Breonna, women who break through hate, 

women who spit at vain promises and injustice, 

women who whistle, 

Mirabai, Teresa, women who always speak out to be heard,

women whose souls walk all around us, 

women who look at us from afar,

women resting in peace,

crazy women, childlike women, free women, 

women who say everything they want to say, 

women who hug each other, 

so many women, 

women from all over the world, 

women from Rwanda, women from Marrakech, 

women dancing in Rio, 

all these women are coming together,

but not only are they women, they are my women!

trenlerde bilet kesen kadınlar, 

benzin dolduran kadınlar, 

geçenlerde bi yerlerde gördüğüm kadınlar, 

yolları açan kadınlar, 

yoluna çıkanların üstünden geçen kadınlar, mor kadınlar sarı kadınlar, 

bazen de laciverttir bu kadınlar, 

geceleri sokaklarda yürüyen kadınlar, 

gece 3’te yatakta ağlayan kadınlar, 

şiirlerin tek mısrasını ezberleyen kadınlar, 

koca bir şiirin içindeki kadınlar, Didem, Aslı, Birhan, memeleri alınan kadınlar, 

memelerini kendi isteğiyle aldıran kadınlar, uyumadan önce kremlenen kadınlar, 

uyumayıp sabaha kadar nöbet tutan kadınlar, 

seni iyileştiren kadınlar, 

sana iyi dileklerde bulunan kadınlar, 

sürekli üreten kadınlar, 

tarihin üstünü örttüğü kadınlar, 

Hatice, Meryem, 

ufuk çizgisini menzil eyleyen kadınlar, 

arkaplandaki başrol kadınlar, 

Kirke, Medusa, hep kötülenen kadınlar, 

güçlerinden korkulan kadınlar, 

Pippa Bacca, 

sonsuza kadar bembeyaza yürüyen kadınlar, avuçlarıyla çiçek açtıran kadınlar, 

içlerinde kocaman bir nefesi tutan ama her gün yaşayamamaktan şüphe duyan kadınlar, 

Hande, Pınar, nefretin içini yarıp geçen kadınlar, verilen boş vaadlerin ve adaletsizliğin içine tüküren kadınlar, 

ıslık çalan kadınlar, 

kimseyi üzmeyi beceremeyen kadınlar, Mirabai, Teresa, 

hep konuşan ve konuşulan kadınlar, 

ruhları üstümüzde dolaşan kadınlar, 

bize çok uzaklardan bakan kadınlar, 

deli kadınlar, çocuk kadınlar, başına buyruk kadınlar, herkese sanane diyen kadınlar, 

birbirlerine sarılan kadınlar, 

bir sürü kadınlar, her yerden kadınlar, 

Rwandalı kadınlar, Marakeş’ten kadınlar, 

Rio’da dans eden kadınlar, 

kapılarının önünde akşamı getiren kadınlar, 

akşama kadar kapı kapı dolaşan kadınlar, 

işte böyle kalabalıkça kadınlar, 

ama pencereden atar gibi sadece kadınlar da değil, benim kadınlarım.

Untitled
clay sculpture
Saâda Bonaire
50×70 cm, acrylic on canvas
Forest Witch
50x30cm, acrylic on canvas
Breath Out
21x15cm, watercolor on paper
Pinky Self-Portrait
40x50cm, acrylic on canvas

<strong>Hediye Usta</strong>
Hediye Usta

Hediye “Hedo” Usta is a 23-year-old visual artist and a final-year medical student based in Ankara, Turkey. In her works, she often uses female body features and the faces she sees in the mirror. She gets her inspiration from witches, freaks, stray dogs, rats, painkillers, punk culture, mythical creatures, popular logos, Kanji and of course womxn. She works mostly with acrylic paint, watercolor, clay and recycled objects.