Ahmet Ögut

 Stones to throw | 2011 | Installation, mail and public art project; painted stones, plinths, photographs, FedEx bills | views from streets of Diyarbakir | Courtesy of the artist | Photographs by Askin Ercan

Stones to throw | 2011 | Installation, mail and public art project; painted stones, plinths, photographs, FedEx bills | views from streets of Diyarbakir | Courtesy of the artist | Photographs by Askin Ercan

In November 2015, president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s AKP party unexpectedly won an outright election victory. Since then, activists, artists, academics, journalists and, indeed, anyone raising their voice to criticise government policy has faced persecution and arrests. We spoke to artist Ahmet Öğüt about the current situation of artists in Turkey and the limits of artistic protest.