The Standing Man Erdem Gunduz

2014 Oslo Freedom Forum
October 21, 2014

Turkish dancer and choreographer Erdem Gunduz did not set out to become a symbol of the 2013 protests in his country when he stood silently for hours in Taksim Square—he simply sought to give his fellow protestors hope. Gunduz explains that in a country where the government is slowly dismantling human rights and freedom of expression, silent protest can be a powerful tool—creative dissent that can inspire others to keep challenging authoritarian rule.