“A flag becomes a real one only because of the blood on it
And a land only becomes a "motherland" if lives were sacrificed for it.”
Look at these young men!…They are selling cardboard maps of Turkey. They’ve
just arrived in metropol from far away. They have the same
copies of the peripheric maps in their hands. As if they
are representing our poetry for love of motherland. In fact
their sale is very good too. Although petty vendors are forbidden
outside the shops the police does not seem to intervene with
them, perhaps they are supposed to be the protectors of the
motherland's frontiers. It is of course strange to protect
our borders only with cardboard maps!... Are these cardboard
maps really the protectors? We can read the slogans which
are on the top and on the bottom of the maps as a glorification
of the extreme right wing movement.
"A flag becomes a real one only because of the blood on it”
"And a land only becomes a "motherland" if lives were sacrificed for it."
Ferhat Özgür (TU)
Artist, based in Ankara, Turkey.