Kaya Mar brings “Erdoğan, the Ottoman Sun King” to Turkish protest against horrific Ankara bombing – 11th Oct 2015

Peter Marshall's photo of Kaya at the London protest against the Ankara bombings

Peter Marshall’s photo of Kaya at the London protest against the Ankara bombings. See links below for the full photosets.

Following this weekend’s horrific double suicide bombing in Ankara during a peace demonstration which resulted in multiple deaths and injuries, several thousand Turks and Kurds resident in London marched in protest against the atrocity, the blame for which many lay directly at the feet of autocratic Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the deep state Turkish Security Service (MIT).

Kaya Mar joined the protesters, bringing along his 2014 painting of Erdoğan, titled “Erdoğan, the Ottoman Sun King“, which refers to the accusations of corruption levelled at Erdoğan and his family involving massive bribe-taking in exchange for construction projects, shoe boxes stuffed with millions of Turkish Lira being hidden in his son’s home, secretly taped phone conversations and the Turkish government’s banning of Twitter and YouTube to prevent public discussion of these events.

"Erdoğan, the Ottoman Sun King" 76 x 102 cms, oil on canvas

Erdoğan, the Ottoman Sun King
76 x 102 cms, oil on canvas

Freelance photojournalist Peter Marshall photographed Kaya as the protest reached Downing Street. You can see his Peter’s photo sets from the protest HERE and HERE, and also great photos by Luca Neve HERE.

Kaya joins 80,000 anti-austerity protesters in Manchester as the Conservative Party conference opens – 4th Oct 2015

Political artist Kaya Mar unveiled his latest satirical artwork at the "Take Back Manchester" anti-austerity protest, which saw over 80,000 protesters marching noisily through the city as the Conservative Party annual conference opened.

Political artist Kaya Mar unveiled his latest satirical artwork at the “Take Back Manchester” anti-austerity protest, which saw over 80,000 protesters marching noisily through the city as the Conservative Party annual conference opened.

It was “All aboard the Krazy Train” again as Kaya headed up to Manchester on October 4th to share his latest painting of David Cameron (sporting his new “PigGate” tee shirt) with over 80,000 good-natured, noisy anti-austerity protesters as they marched through Manchester city centre, doing their best to drown out the opening events of the nearby Conservative Party annual conference with drums, whistles, jeers and *coughs* fruity insults.

Anti-austerity protesters take photos of Kaya Mar's painting during the  "Take Back Manchester" anti-austerity protest in Manchester.

Documentary film maker Dan Laughton films as anti-austerity protesters take photos of Kaya Mar’s painting during the “Take Back Manchester” anti-austerity protest in Manchester.

Kaya was joined again by documentary film makers Dan Laughton and Sam Baker (see the Brighton post below) as he was filmed and photographed by the delighted crowds of activists, trade unionists and disaffected members of public.

Enjoy the slideshow below of Kaya in action. You’ll also find photos of the protesters and their witty placards HERE.

Next stop on Kaya’s Party Conference Tour will be the SNP conference in Aberdeen. Stay tuned for news and photos next week…

Kaya takes a day trip to Brighton and the Labour Party conference – 29.09.2015

Kaya Mar is impossible to ignore as he stands outside the Brighton Conference Centre during the Labour Party Conference with three large satirical paintings.

Kaya Mar is impossible to ignore as he stands outside the Brighton Conference Centre during the Labour Party Conference with three large satirical paintings.

What better way is there to spend a beautiful Autumn day than popping down to Brighton with three large paintings and sharing them with all those lovely Labour Party annual conference delegates as they shuttled continually between the Grand Hotel and the Brighton Conference Centre next door?

Brimming over with bonhomie, strong coffee and goodwill, Kaya boarded the train from Victoria station at some ungodly hour to rendevous at Brighton station with two documentary film makers, Dan Laughton and Sam Baker, who had approached Kaya to take part in their film “Artivism”, whose subject matter is political, activist, guerilla artwork and artists, three of whom are included in the film: Kaya Mar, “unofficial” war artist Peter Kennard and renegade political ceramic artist Carrie Reichardt.

Kaya heads to the Brighton Conference Centre, followed by documentary film makers Dan Laughton and Sam Baker.

Kaya heads to the Brighton Conference Centre, followed by documentary film makers Dan Laughton and Sam Baker.

Dan explains “I will be searching into the artists behind the works and following their process as well as telling their stories and following current projects. Ultimately, what will be told throughout this documentary is how powerful this kind of art is, how it can change the world and is more powerful than violence, rioting and protesting. Through this documentary it can be represented and shown to the viewers inspiring them to also make change in this world.”

“Artivism” will be released in a screening early next year and in festivals throughout next year, a trailer will be released in December.

Kaya gets the attention of Labour Party Conference delegates.

Kaya gets the attention of Labour Party Conference delegates.

With the greetings and more coffee out of the way it was time to walk down the long, steep hill to the seafront where Kaya installed himself between the hotel and the (temporarilly) fortified conference centre, spending the day attracting attention from news video crews, photojournalists, passing members of public and, of course, the conference delegates and politicians who, as expected, had various “Marmite” reactions – depending on their tribal affiliations – to Kaya’s pointed satirical paintings which comment ascerbically on various aspects of Jeremy Corbyn’s controversial installation as party leader.

Below is a video slideshow of the day’s activities…

SunNation.co.uk article: “You Cannot Unsee This Portrait Of Corbyn And Abbott” – Sept 23rd 2015

#SunNation article published Sept 23rd 2015 Article URL: http://www.sunnation.co.uk/you-cant-unsee-this-portrait-of-corbyn-and-abbott/

#SunNation article published Sept 23rd 2015
Article URL: http://www.sunnation.co.uk/you-cant-unsee-this-portrait-of-corbyn-and-abbott/

Nobody was more surprised than us when the Sun newspaper’s online website #SunNation ran an article last week featuring Kaya’s latest satirical observations on the revelation that new Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn had had a love affair in 1979 with Diane Abbott – news of which raised several million eyebrows and also raised some valid concerns about the wisdom of Corbyn having recently appointed Ms Abbott his new Shadow Secretary of State for International Development. Opinion quickly divided into two camps; on the one hand, say his supporters, this was an affair of the heart which took place whilst he was already separated from his first wife. Despite the lurid tidbits that were published about Corbyn and Abbott living in domestic bliss with their cat Harold Wilson and the pair of them touring East Germany on a motorbike, it was all a looong time ago, and though they remained political soulmates and allies, they broke off the affair and are no longer involved.

Corbyn’s critics and detractors, however, wondered out loud just how independent of direct influence from Corbyn would Diane Abbott be in her shadow post, which might eventually become a ministerial position if Labour wins the 2020 general election?

Kaya set to work and produced a new painting portraying the two happy lovers, complete with Harold Wilson – who is reading “Das Kapital” – and a copy of the Karma Sutra. In his usual style, Kaya presents them both naked, to remind us that just like in the fairy tale, the king has no clothes…

As this political story gained more and more traction in the Corbyn-unfriendly press, it seemed like the accusations of nepotism and possibly hypocrisy would quickly create an untenable situation for Corbyn, and, to quote one pundit in the right-wing press “One of them will have to go”. It seemed like things were getting worse for the beleagured leader, only a week and a half into his new job. Was there anything that could save him from this humiliation?

And then a miracle happened: On the 21st september the Dail Mail launched the first part of a serialisation of an unofficial biography of Prime Minister David Cameron, written by Lord Ashcroft – a Conservative Party super donor who had been promised a high level government job by way of thanks for all his millions, but who was then completely dumped by Cameron – and journalist Isabel Oakshott. The first installment of the serialisation dropped what can best be described as a political nuclear bomb (smeared with delicious revenge) on Downing Street and David Cameron’s reputation across the planet when it reported allegations made by an unnamed senior Conservative MP that whilst at Oxford University David Cameron had taken part in a bizarre initiation ritual to join an elitist dining club which involved his sexual organs and a dead pig’s head.

And that is how a pig saved Jeremy Corbyn’s bacon.

The internet almost exploded, and for three days solid wherever you lived in the UK if you stuck your head out of the window you could hear the sound of 50 million people cackling and laughing hysterically. The Twitter hashtag #PigGate was created, and went like wildfire around the world, trending at one point in over thirty countries. The Mail article the next day claimed that the young Cameron once asked two KGB agents if they could score him some cocaine or some marijuana, and other claims were made that Cameron had attended a socialite’s dinner party where cocaine was in abundance, though the soon-to-be Conservative Party leader did not report that he’d witnessed a crime taking place to the police and in so doing aided and abetted a criminal act…

A week has passed now, and the worst of it is over. After suddenly vanishing from public whilst the story raged, Cameron finally denied that it ever happened yesterday in his first public statement on the matter, but the fact is that whether he did the deed or not, he has been grievously wounded and humiliated. For the rest of his political life, David Cameron will forever be associated with that deliciously sordid imagery.

"David Cameron - #PigGate: Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory" 76 x 102 cms, oil on canvas

“David Cameron – #PigGate: Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory”
76 x 102 cms, oil on canvas

Kaya’s second new painting “David Cameron – #PigGate: Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory” subtly celebrates Cameron’s humiliation. He is portrayed wearing Conservative blue shorts and a tee shirt on which is printed the head of a pig with a joint dangling out of the corner of its mouth. In his hands he is holding a slightly broken protest placard with a picture of a grinning Jeremy Corbyn as a learner driver on it, which refers to Cameron’s former smug glee that Corbyn might become Labour leader, and a widespread assumption was made that this would cause Labour to implode and become unelectable for the next decade.

Click HERE to view the SunNation article “You Can’t Unsee This Portrait Of Corbyn And Abbott”