Using art to empower Yazidi women.
This summer Hannah had the privilege of travelling to Kurdistan to organize an art project for a group of Yazidi women who have escaped ISIS captivity. The project was based at the Jinda Center, a rehabilitation facility in Dohuk – Jinda is Kurdish for ‘new life’. The aim of the art project was to use art as a tool for advocacy; teaching the women to paint self-portraits as a powerful medium o share their testimonies. In Western
Teaching these women to paint their self-portraits has been a way for these women, who have never been to school or learned to read and write, to share their stories with the rest of the world. Testimony is an important element of the recovery process post-torture and sexual violence. Hannah’s previous exhibition of refugee portrait paintings from camps in Jordan and Calais has
Hannah is seeking help to enable this exhibition to travel, to give these Yazidi women a voice and ensure that their stories are not lost or forgotten.
What help is needed
- Financial and logistical support to sponsor the exhibition and allow it to travel
- Companies and other
organisationswilling to host the exhibition
- Networks of influencers and journalists to work with Hannah and ensure the message in her work reaches a wider audience.