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Artist displays 440 pairs of high heels for Turkish women murdered in 2018

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Turkish artist Vahit Tuna has mounted 440 pairs of high heels on the facade of a building on a busy İstanbul street, to symbolize the number of women murdered in domestic or sexual violence in Turkey in 2018, Reuters reported.

“We are standing in a street now and maybe people are faced with a work of art for the first time, an open and bleeding wound for the very first time. I believe this has an impact,” said Tuna.

“I think this (installation) creates awareness and is something that influences people and makes them think,” he added.

In Turkey, there is a tradition of placing the shoes of someone who passed away outside an entrance. The artwork covers an area of 260 square metres.

Around 440 women were killed in 2018 in Turkey, according to a report published by Kadın Cinayetlerini Durduracağız Platformu (We Will Stop Femicide Platform) which keeps records on murders.

The platform reported that 49 women were killed by men in the month of August 2019 alone.

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