adam j b walker

SEQUESTERED (2018)
with Yasar Fatih Eskikanbur


This artwork was created while on a residency in Adana, southern Turkey.

Physically it constitutes 34 A4 pages of handwritten text by me, and 24 A4 pages of typed text (copied from mine) by Yasar Fatih Eskikanbur, one of several typists who work on the street opposite the courthouse writing up official documents but also acting as advisors on bureaucratic and legal processes.

The 3 texts (each both handwritten and typed), are word-for-word transcriptions (excepting occaisional human error) of the following Turkish Wikipedia articles (click on the titles to jump directly to the texts themselves):



Incirlik Hava Ussu (Incirlik Air Base)
A shared Turkish/American military airbase 15 minutes outside Adana. The base, operational since the 50s, was an important part of US Cold War infrastructure, and has more recently been a key node of western military intervention in Afganistan, Iraq and Syria.

[After going to see the base (where stereotypically American suburban houses with SUVs in the drive can be seen through the fence) Turkish intelligence agents visited us to enquire about our activities.]



Turkiye'de sansur (Censorship in Turkey)
This text traces the history of censorship in Turkey from the Ottoman Period through to the present, with an emphasis on recent and current internet blocking under the Erdogan regime.

[At the time of the artwork, Wikipedia (in both English and Turkish) was inaccessible in Turkey. However, by means of inserting a '0' directly before the 'w' of wikipedia in the URL, a mirror site ('wikizero') set up by Turkish activists can be accessed. It was from here that I transcribed the texts.]



Suriye Ic Savasi'nda multeciler (Refugees of the Syrian Civil War)
Turkey hosts more refugees displaced outside of Syria than any other country. Following the horrific widely circulated images of people dying in the Aegean while trying to cross to Greece and acute migration crises at subsequent borders, the EU now pays Turkey significant sums to keep refugees within its territory.

[Being close to the border, Adana has a large, visible Syrian refugee community. Often without access to computers and facing numerous bureaucratic hurdles, they are frequent visitors to typists such as Yasar.]


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Apologies that limitatons in the coding of this page mean some Turkish differences to English letter-forms are not correctly displayed.


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The images below document a heavily censored exhibiting of the work in the gardens of the Archaeological Museum in Adana. Following a visit from intelligence agents, it was insisted the texts on Incirlik Air Base and Censorship in Turkey could not be displayed, leaving a sole board holding the text on Refugees of the Syrian Civil War.

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Incirlik Hava Ussu (Incirlik Air Base)
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Incirlik Air Base, handwritten Incirlik Air Base, handwritten Incirlik Air Base, handwritten Incirlik Air Base, handwritten
Incirlik Air Base, typed Incirlik Air Base, typed Incirlik Air Base, typed

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Turkiye'de sansur (Censorship in Turkey)
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Censorship in Turkey, Handwritten Censorship in Turkey, Handwritten Censorship in Turkey, Handwritten Censorship in Turkey, Handwritten Censorship in Turkey, Handwritten Censorship in Turkey, Handwritten Censorship in Turkey, Handwritten Censorship in Turkey, Handwritten Censorship in Turkey, Handwritten Censorship in Turkey, Handwritten Censorship in Turkey, Handwritten Censorship in Turkey, Handwritten Censorship in Turkey, Handwritten Censorship in Turkey, Handwritten Censorship in Turkey, Handwritten Censorship in Turkey, Handwritten Censorship in Turkey, Handwritten Censorship in Turkey, Handwritten Censorship in Turkey, Handwritten Censorship in Turkey, Handwritten Censorship in Turkey, Handwritten Censorship in Turkey, Handwritten Censorship in Turkey, Handwritten Censorship in Turkey, Handwritten
Censorship in Turkey, Typed Censorship in Turkey, Typed Censorship in Turkey, Typed Censorship in Turkey, Typed Censorship in Turkey, Typed Censorship in Turkey, Typed Censorship in Turkey, Typed Censorship in Turkey, Typed Censorship in Turkey, Typed Censorship in Turkey, Typed Censorship in Turkey, Typed Censorship in Turkey, Typed Censorship in Turkey, Typed Censorship in Turkey, Typed Censorship in Turkey, Typed Censorship in Turkey, Typed Censorship in Turkey, Typed

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Suriye Ic Savasi'nda multeciler (Refugees of the Syrian Civil War)
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Refugees of the Syrian Civil War, Handwritten Refugees of the Syrian Civil War, Handwritten Refugees of the Syrian Civil War, Handwritten Refugees of the Syrian Civil War, Handwritten Refugees of the Syrian Civil War, Handwritten Refugees of the Syrian Civil War, Handwritten
Refugees of the Syrian Civil War, Typed Refugees of the Syrian Civil War, Typed Refugees of the Syrian Civil War, Typed Refugees of the Syrian Civil War, Typed

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