Women Leading Artistic Graffiti Growth in Istanbul

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We are having more and more limits for our street life from what we used to have,” she said.

She added that she has not had any trouble from police. Sometimes, she is told that graffiti art is not officially permitted. But she says police often then tell her, “thank you for creating art for our places.”

Observers say the police treatment of graffiti creators can be partly explained by the fact that most do not include strong political themes in their art.

Yalcin says her works are usually made up of a collection of images and symbols that relate to a specific theme.

“People want to see colors, they want to see art. Whatever you do on the street is a gift for everyone,” she said. “We have very limited parks, so green areas is always a subject I like to include with symbols of plants and greens.”

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