After Baykam returned to live in Istanbul in 1987, half of his work became political. "The Box of Democracy" (1987), the artist's first three dimensional work was followed by several other installations exhibited "Kubilay's Room", "The Box of the Referendum" at the first Istanbul Biennial. Baykam also started a series of Photo-News Paintings on mostly political subjects in 1988. So far he has done 5 large shows with this technique:

1988: Inner Landscapes, part two. A protest show at the Ataturk Cultural Center against censorship and torture in the period when Turgut Ozal and Kenan Evren were in power that also included three dimensional works, like "The Box of Torture", "The Obscene Box" and other "gadgets".

1990: 555 K (27th of May Was Our First Love) A show at the Ataturk Cultural Center about the story of the revolution in 1960 and the years leading to it. A controversial look at Turkish right wing liberals who define 1960 as a "military coup d'Etat" whereas Baykam welcomes it like many other Kemalists as a revolution that opened the path of democracy in Turkey.

1994: Kuvay- i - Milliye (Turkish Independence War) Baykam's show at the Ataturk Cultural Center about the era of Ataturk, his independence war and cultural/social achievements. Many large paintings as well as photo-news paintings, stripe-paintings and actual real weapons and objects formed the show.

The Sakarya War Scene.
Mixed media on canvas,
155x280 cm, 1994

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Atatürk’s Backgammon.
Acrylic on canvas,
140x190 cm, 1994

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The Strategy Post.
Photopainting,
75x106 cm, 1994

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Dumlupınar.
Mixed media on canvas,
155x300 cm, 1994

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Atatürk at the Kocatepe Hill.
Mixed media on canvas,
190x140 cm, 1994

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Remember Who You Are.
Photopainting,
180x130 cm, 1994

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Kubilay.
Photopainting,
180x130 cm, 1994

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Journey to the Heart.
Photopainting,
180x130 cm, 1994

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