Pavement To Prison - Zehra's Journey
1st February - 29th February 2020
Funded and supported by ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND.
Open 10am - 5pm
In February 2019 Joseph Wales Studios are honoured to be hosting an exhibition by Zehra Dogan. Zehra will visit and stay in Margate, where she will produce ‘live’ works followed by Q&A sessions.
Zehra is a Turkish Kurdish artist. Born in 1989 in Diyarbakir, Turkey. She graduated from Dicle University’s Fine Arts Program, and became one of the founders of Turkey’s first women’s news agency, JINHA. Following the Turkish states siege of predominantly Kurdish town of Nusaybin in Southern Turkey, while under a month long curfew, Zehra redrew a Turkish state propaganda photograph depicting the Turkish army with Turkish flags draped over the destroyed buildings of her town. This picture was said by the state to be terrorist propaganda and she was duly sentenced to 2 years 9 months’ imprisonment.
Whilst imprisoned she came to the attention of renowned street artist Banksy, who created a 40ft mural on the Bowery wall in NYC. It featured a projection of the painting that got her imprisoned and a new Banksy painting, showing Zehra behind bars.
Since her release in March 2019, she has received numerous awards for courage in journalism from Beirut to Paris; has exhibited in New York City and is featured in new Italian docufilm ‘Terroriste e le Altre’ premiered in Italy on 18 November.
This major life changing exhibition will be arranged and curated by Zehra herself, alongside former prisoner artist and writer Dean Stalham; overseen by Carlotta Allum, the CEO of Stretch Charity, who has had a base in Margate for over two years.
For over 16 years, Stretch have delivered arts projects with prisoners, ex-prisoners, homeless, mental health groups and young people in care, making the arts accessible to some of the most vulnerable people in society. Projects can cover visual arts, museums, photography, creative writing and media skills. The charity works with people to make their voice heard, in order to dispel myths and stereotypes and create positive change.
The charity has headed up high profile and award-winning projects in partnership with museums, galleries, artists and writers and for the past 6 years, delivering digital storytelling projects and championing the role of unheard voices and ‘outsider’ art.
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