June of 2013, the height of Turkey's Gezi Protests, was an amazing time to be conducting fieldwork. Outrage over the violent crackdown on peaceful demonstrators in Istanbul's Gezi Park and the state-influenced media's blackout on coverage of the events swelled to unprecedented, nation-wide protests against the increasing authoritarianism of AKP rule.
Standing in front of a colorful wall of protest in Ankara's Kugulu Park. The graffiti includes a caricature and a crossed-out face of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a wordplay on the pepper spray the police used with abandon, and a reference to capulcu - the word meaning "hooligan" or "looter" that Erdogan used to criticize the protesters, but that was rapidly turned into a term of pride and solidarity by the protesters themselves.
After CNN Turk broadcast a penguin documentary while the police were cracking down in Gezi Park (CNN International was providing live footage of the violent measures used), the clever use of penguin symbols from t-shirts to balloons became a poignant and effective form of mocking the government-imposed media silence.