Persuasion Exercises

Persuasion Exercises, 2011

Public space: 18 posters, each 82,5*82,5 cm,
Interior space: ink jet print on cotton paper,18 pieces; each; 60*70 cm

Propaganda posters are used to convince masses; they convince people to take a side. They are an explicit attempt to influence beliefs, attitudes and/or behaviours by using different strategies.

Persuasion Exercises reflect the usage of body postures at the political parties’ propaganda posters.
For the work, an actor rehearsed the postures of the politicians from the posters that were on display during the 2011 election campaign in Turkey. At the end of each rehearsal, the actor was photographed when he acted out the final pose. These photographs were transformed into black and white graphics and enumerated like some type of gym exercises. Afterwards, they were displayed on a billboard at the city centre of Ankara during the election period in 2011.

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