Monument to Humanity – Helping Hands

This work is based on a controversial monument, demolished by order of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in 2011. The project tried to open up the debate by constructing an alternative monument. A mobile studio, carrying a copy of the hand of the original sculpture, enabled passersby to lend a helping hand and contribute to the construction of a new monument. Each participant was interviewed while one hand was cast. After the public intervention, the plaster hands formed a temporary monument on the site of the demolished sculpture in Kars. Photographs of the project and a publication were exhibited during the 13th Istanbul biennial in 2013.