“For me, Taksim Calling is an example of an artist’s direct reaction to what’s happening around him. Newspaper styled Taksim Calling is showing full-page images of Taksim Place in times of peace -mostly from the 1960’s and 1970’s combined with instamatic pictures of today’s people and activities. Lezmi lives in Istanbul and was there when people raised their voices on Taksim Square, one of the central places in Istanbul and a historical place for demonstration since 1969. During peaceful demonstrations for saving the tress of Gezi Park in 2013, the police attacked the people with water cannons and pepper spray. Lezmi answered this mighty intervention with this oversized publication, sharing it to people carrying a Turkish passport for free and selling the rest for a fair price to refinance the project. I like the project from the idea to the realisation!
Taksim Calling has been the newest example for protest books in Martin Parr’s exhibition of ‘Protest Books’ in Paris.” – Richard Sporleder on Frederic Lezmi’s Taksim Calling.