Süreyyya Evren

(b.1972) studied architecture at Mimar Sinan University. He has produced works in the fields of literature, contemporary art, and political theory, and has published fiction. He is editor of the magazine on political culture Siyahi and member of the board of the contemporary art magazine art-ist. He has contributed his articles and special dossiers to Varlik since 1991 and he writes a weekly column for the leftist Turkish newspaper Birgun.


What do you know about VPNs?

Censorship in Turkey today

Words are under siege in Turkey and journalism has been taken hostage, writes Süreyyya Evren. When this era ends, he doesn’t know how long society will need to recover. But for now, it’s all about virtual private networks, among other forms of resistance.

Süreyyya Evren looks at how an understanding of form gained through the prism of “unrest” is transposed back into contemporary art and finds that one of the most quintessential features of political art is a never-ending process of searching.

"Canonizing" and "talking" magazines

Alternative publishing in the Turkish context

There are magazines that mirror the cultural environment and those that open up new channels of expression – “canonizing” and “talking” magazines respectively. In the Turkish context, journals emerging from a leftist tradition and located outside academia create connections between the intelligentsia and the public, writes Süreyyya Evren. The development of the young anarchist journal “Siyahi” demonstrates how “talking magazines” can move beyond their niche audience to reach a broad readerships.

The production of intelligibility

An interview with Mahmut Mutman

Mahmut Mutman, in conversation with Varlik editor Süreyyya Evren, argues that the polarization between east and west misrecognizes underlying processes of cultural formation. Cultural polarization between east and west makes intelligible the chaos wrought by capitalism. But western critics of Turkey’s democratic deficit fail to acknowledge the role of western imperialism in hindering democratic development in Turkey. The Turkish left, meanwhile, is caught between waiting passively for EU alignment to bring democratic reform on the one hand, and a reactionary nationalism on the other. Genuine democratic reform will arise from critique that does not fall back on transcendental norms, argues Mutman.

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