Nazim Hikmet (1902-1963)
The calligraphy features lines 2 and 11 from a poem titled Ceviz Ağacı (The Walnut Tree) written on 01 July 1957.
1957 was a year of political tension in Turkey. The ruling party of the time limited press freedom and imposed restrictions on public assembly for several months. More than six decades later, the freedom of the press in Turkey is gravely undermined. The current authoritarian government has captured the media and scores of journalists are either in jail or exile.
*Gülhane is a historical park in Istanbul.
English translation by Richard McKane
Arabic translation by Mustafa Ja’far