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Hrant Dink commemorative stone, Osmanbey, Istanbul, 2017. Photo: Berge Arabian.

A COMMEMORATIVE STONE on an Istanbul sidewalk in Osmanbey startles the unsuspecting pedestrian: HRANT DINK WAS KILLED HERE. The Turkish-Armenian founding editor of the bilingual newspaper Agos was assassinated on January 19, 2007, two years after a court in Istanbul convicted him of “denigrating Turkishness” in an article. Three steps from the shrine stands the building where the Armenian weekly was edited. Fact-checking stories, pondering editorials, poring over galleys, and working deep into the night, Dink’s news team made the Agos headquarters their home.

Last year, the directors of the Hrant Dink Foundation enlisted the Istanbul-based architecture and design firm Pattu to partner with artists, curators, journalists, and NGO workers in transforming this location into the 23.5 Hrant Dink Site of Memory. Instead of calling it a “memorial” or a “monument,” as such places are often

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