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Mural Ankara

Designed as part of Accessible Film Festival, Mural Ankara was held between 26-29 September 2019 in Ankara.
The English word "Mural" means "relating to or resembling to a wall". Mural as a street art; refers to pictures drawn on large surfaces such as walls, ceilings etc. In the 21st century, the art of mural is used to draw attention to the social, political and economic problems of the citizens, and is carried out to address the socio-economic problems of the environment and the neighborhood, rather than a cosmetic decoration. Wall paintings in various areas of the city such as buildings, walls, and water reservoirs allow especially disadvantaged groups to express themselves and help them to identify themselves as part of a wider community.
The mural event, which was organized as a part of Accessible Film Festival, brought together three women mural artists and three women disabled rights activists and aimed to find a representation and expression space for the problems experienced by women with disabilities in the city.
On the occasion of the event organized in collaboration with the British Council, three mural artists and three activists came together to discuss the problems that women with disabilities often encounter in their daily lives. The artists created a mural idea based on what was discussed at this meeting. Then each artist applied their sketches on three different walls in Çankaya region between September 27-29. Artists' works can be seen at the following addresses.
Abay Kunanbay Caddesi No:4, Barbaros Mahallesi, Çankaya
Büklüm Sokağı No:29, Kavaklıdere Mahallesi, 06680 Çankaya
Sakal Kafe Pub, Kennedy Caddesi, No:13 Çankaya
Ekin Kılıç Ezer
She completed her bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design at Bilkent University; Master Degree and Proficiency in Art programs at Hacettepe University, Department of Graphics. She continued her academic studies in Başkent University, Department of Communication Design and Hacettepe University, Department of Graphics as Research Asistant. She has been working at Bilkent University, Department of Graphic Design as an instructor since 2012. Kılıç Ezer is one of the founders of Kitschen Contemporary Art Initiative. In 2019 she had her first solo exhibition in addition to participation in many group exhibitions. She has been practicing as curator and designing exhibition visual identities as well as realizing graphic design projects and performing in the fields of video, typography and street art.
Friz is a Northern Ireland based artist who works in both traditional and digital mediums, currently focused on spraypainting. Friz studied Classical Animation in BCFE Dublin and Illustration in Telford College Edinburgh. Her paintings have been included in group exhibitions in Belfast, Sligo and Dublin. Her work largely revolves around the female form. It is a study in identity; who we are; where we come from and our connection to the natural world around us.
Yeşim Paktin
She has completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Master’s Degree in Fine Arts at Hacettepe University. She still continues her studies by pursuing a PhD in Fine Arts. She’s making stencils, wheatpaste and other forms of street art in the streets of Ankara and Istanbul since 2006. She usually works on print art and also in various mediums of art like video-art or installations. She makes illustrations for children's books and magazines as well.
Beyza Ünal
She is a clinical psychologist and disability rights activist. Currently works at a private counseling center in Ankara and volunteers in national and international non-governmental organizations working in the field of disability. These organizations include the Association of Women with Disabilities, which fights against the multiple discrimination that women with disabilities face in Turkey with a right-based perspective, and European Network on Independent Living, which campaigns for disabled people's right to live independently and to be included in the community across Europe. Her biggest passion is traveling.
Elif Gamze Bozo
She was born in 1984 in Ankara with brittle bone disease. In 2008, she took Photography lessons from Ankara Photographers Association (AFSAD). While she was studying at the university, she worked as a reporter at Evrensel Newspaper and Hayat Television for nearly 5 years. Interested in writing, photography and painting, Bozo has opened many photography exhibitions and published poetry books. As a part of Engelsiz Sanat Derneği’s project “Yorgan Altında Kimse Kalmasın Hareketi”, her photography exhibition “Anadolu’yu Tanıyor muyuz?” continues to be exhibited in several places in Turkey. In 2016, she carried out “Kendime Engel Olamıyorum-Senegal” project. She is still working as the Project Consultant of Engelsiz Sanat Derneği.
Fatma Köseoğlu Güldal
She was born in 1978. She graduated from the department of Education Management and Planning in Ankara University in 2002. She has been a disability rights activist since her university years. In 2000, she started to work at General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadaster and retired in 2016. She is currently a volunteer and the chairwoman of the board in the Association of Women with Disabilities.