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The Standing Man

Erdem Gunduz
Middle East and North Africa

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.