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Erdem Gündüz

Erdem Gündüz is a Turkish dancer, actor, performance artist, choreographer and teacher who as a result of his actions during the 2013–14 protests in Turkey has become "the face of the protest movement against the Turkish government." He became internationally known as "The Standing Man" in June 2013 when he stood quietly in Istanbul's Taksim Square as a protest against the Islamist government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Gündüz is interested in the use of "improvisation, ritual, and public action as tools for investigating political realities and social movement."

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Case Study: Standing Man

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February 2, 2016

“They asked me whether I was waiting for someone. Did I have a problem? I remained calm and mute. I didn’t have a problem, but in the following hours, as my picture and the mysterious alias “Standing Man” spread on Twitter, I became one.”