Born Criminal


Choreography and Performance: Canan Yücel Pekiçten
Light Designer and Singer: Ayşe Sedef Ayter
Music: Sırma Öztaş
Photograph & Video: Serhat Koç

“Born Criminal” is a theory brought forward in the 18th century by Italian criminologist Cesare Lombroso. Lombroso’s theory suggested that criminals are distinguished from noncriminals by multiple physical anomalies. Lombroso stated that the “Born Criminal” could be anatomically identified by such items as a sloping forehead, ears of unusual size, asymmetry of the face, excessive length of arms, asymmetry of the cranium, dark skin and other “physical stigmata”. Although “Born Criminal” is a theory remained in the past and considered as a ridiculous idea, unfortunately, today such judgments still exist. Today, still ethnicity, gender, and physical properties lead to discrimination. As a consequence, immigrants, ethnic minorities, foreign workers, refugees and generally groups determined as “strangers” for the community are considered as potential criminals.