Turkish Epic Performance

The kindness of strangers is at the heart of a new performance by Turkish performer Ata Dogruel. The artist is spending 28 days in silence, relying on his audience for food in what he describes as an invitation to care.

Dogruel is one of 10 artists in a marathon live show spanning 672 straight hours over a month, the longest-ever duration of performance art in Turkey. The event, titled Needed: You, features nine performances by members of Performistanbul, the country’s first international performance-art platform, and nearly 2,000 people have already attended the show ahead of its 16th March close.