is art or art meets Ocalan"
A review of the event on July 21, 2002
Between thirty and forty enthusiasts of the arts followed an
invitation by Libertad!, the Kurdish Students Association and the
International Initiative Freedom for Abdullah Ocalan
Peace in Kurdistan who had organised this event. (Call
for action click here)
(More pictures of the
event click here)
Central point of reference was a replica of the solitary cell
of the Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan on the Turkish prison island
Imrali, which can be viewed until August 25, 2002 in Frankfurt at
Schaumainkai /Mainufer in the context of MANIFESTA 4, the European
Biennial of Contemporary Arts.
Using small boats the enthusiasts paid this work of art a visit
in order to break symbolically the isolation Abdullah Ocalan is
exposed to due to his prison conditions. With colourful flags and
banners and imaginative slogans they promoted a peaceful solution
of the Kurdish Question.
This three hour event attracted a lot of attention by promenaders
strolling by the Main. Many of them read the information on the
presentation boards installed by the waterside. Some even spontaneously
decided to take part in the action and were invited into the boats.
A feastful picnic served the bodily well-being of those who had
to remain back on the shore. Kurdish saz-music completed a felicitous