Italian Artist Killed in Turkey

The 33 year old Italian performance artist Giuseppina Pasqualino di Marineo (Pippa Bacca) was recently killed during her “Brides on Tour” project. The artist was hitchhiking through Turkey in a white wedding dress to promote peace in the Middle
East. 38 year old Turkish man Murat Karatas was arrested for the murder and sexual assault of the artist.

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They would have no set timetable. They would require very little in the way of funding. They would make new friends everywhere. They would, in the largest sense, be free. When they arrived in Istanbul, Moro and Bacca were two weeks into their journey. They had already traveled by road through the Balkans; after Turkey, they were heading to Syria and Lebanon; their final destination, still weeks away, was Israel. There, they planned to stage an exhibition whose centerpiece would be the white gowns they had worn on the road, tattered and tattooed with the dust of the long journey. LA Times

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  1. Anonymous says:

    How painfully ironic.

  2. Indeed its a really sad news. what motivation did the killer have?

  3. I’m pretty sure I read in the article that the killer sexually assaulted her first Circomental.

    One of the main Turkish newspapers, the Sabah published the words “Pippa, Forgive Us” in both Turkish and Italian. Which I thought was a nice thing to do.

  4. Anonymous says:

    THats so sad!!!!!!!!!
    Why did they kill her???
    All she wanted to do was bring peace to the middle east!!!!

  5. Hi,

    Someone dying is always bad, but when I read or hear about kind people who leave the confort of their homes to help others, namely the volunteers, and are killed, that really revolts me.

    Kind regards,


  6. is very sad when such a great person loose his/her life~may her soul rest in peace.!!!
    i felt sorrow and deeply suck…
    why shy was kill?

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