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Artist Hangs 440 Shoes Off Building To Show How Many Women Were Killed By Their Husbands

Artist Hangs 440 Shoes Off Building To Show How Many Women Were Killed By Their Husbands

With two women killed each week by a former partner in England and Wales, it's clear domestic violence is still a major issue. And the situation looks even more bleak in Turkey.

In 2018, 440 women were killed by their husbands - a shocking statistic that has been immortalised in an art exhibition in Istanbul.

Graphic designer Vahit Tuna from Turkey hung a pair of heels on a building in the city for every woman who lost their life last year as a result of domestic violence.

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The poignant installation, featured on two buildings, one in Istanbul's Kabataş neighbourhood and the other in the Beyoğlu district, aims to draw the public's attention to the unignorable stat.

Vahit spread the heels over 260 square metres on the outer wall of the building of Yanköşe in order to catch the attention oft the public and art-seekers alike.

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"We wanted everyone passing by the road to see [the work]. This is why we did not want to host the exhibition in a closed area," he explained to the media.

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"What this project does is that it both raises awareness regarding women murders and also materializes this issue like a sculpture or monument. This work will stay here for six months."

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Vahit says he chose high-heels as a symbol of feminine power and the independence that he wishes all women had.

In some part of Turkey, it is custom to leave a person's shoes outside after they pass as a symbol of mourning - hence Vahit's choice.

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Last month, shockwaves were sent through Turkey as Emine Bulut, 38, was stabbed to death by her ex husband in a cafe in the Central Anatolia region city of Kırıkkale.

Emine was with her 10-year-old daughter at the time, who witnessed the whole thing.

A harrowing video posted to social media shows the mother screaming as her daughter begs her not to die.

According to We Will Stop Femicide, a women's rights platform in the country, 245 women have been killed in Turkey in the first seven months of 2019.

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Ciara is a freelance journalist working for Tyla. After graduating from the University of Sussex, Ciara worked as a writer at GLAMOUR Magazine and later as the Assistant Editor of Yahoo Style UK.