Date: Saturday 8th December 2018
Location: Stoke Newington Library 184 Stoke Newington Church Street, London, N16 0JS
Kurdish Art Fair 2018 is dedicated to the captive Kurdish artist and journalist Zehra Doğan. The artist was sentenced to 2 years 9 months in prison by the Turkish government on 24 March 2017 for simply painting a picture of the city of Nusaybin, which was heavily damaged by the state security forces. She was also sentenced for sharing a message from a 10-year-old girl living in Nusaybin written in the period of the attack. She continues to paint and resist her captors despite all the restrictions and prohibitions in the detention centre. The fair will exhibit her art work from prison, which has been created using colours she obtained from cooking materials and waste. These unique works of courage, defiance, and creativity will be on sale for the first time at the Kurdish Art Fair.
Using Zehra’s testimony, the reality and history depicted in her paintings, and the work of other artists, we hope to drive awareness of the oppression and false imprisonment that so many like Zehra Doğan have suffered. Countless human rights activists, journalists, lawyers, and intellectuals want to be heard, and our event aims to make their voices louder and impossible to ignore. Additionally, the income from this year’s art sale will be donated to Zehra’s art workshop project for children.
Some of the artists who will exhibit their work at the Kurdish Art Fair 2018 are:
Berfin Cicek, Ender Cemgil, Erem Kansoy, Ice Ismail Erbil, Ilyas Kirkan, Janet Biehl, Jasim Ghafur, Mariwan Jalal, Mattina Hiwaizi, Micah Morel, Naz Oke, Sazgar Abdalkarim Abdalrahman, Sevcan Yuksel Henshall, Sevgi Kaymak, Shorsh Saleh, Soniya Ahmed, Yeter Aydemir, Yuksel Adiguzel and Zehra Dogan.
A bookstore will also be available for books from Kae Bahar, Ilhan Sami Comak, Figen Yüksekdağ and Selahattin Demirtaş.
We are also looking for sponsors to help us with our expenses towards gallery rents and marketing collaterals.