• Zehra Doğan : Art at the heart
Sunday 21th October 2018 • 2 PM – 5 PM
Pays de Morlaix (France)
Zehra Doğan is a graduate of Fine Arts and did not go to a journalism school. Yet it was with three reports on Yezidi women that she won a prestigious journalism prize, the Metin Göktepe. It was
also her desire to « go out », as she said at the time of this distinction, that made her co-founder of a women’s news agency. And it is also drawing that has taken over from the pen
and the camera, when words are no longer enough to describe the unspeakable.
And Zehra has been excelling since then, both on her digital tablet, by a drawing which will lead her in prison, as with few means, canvas, newsprint, and even found paper.
She is in line with the present, testifying it in urgency, even with this lack of means. It is each time an act of resistance… a will of transmission. She archives a reality past under silence,
the daily life of exactions and oppression, as much as that of women, deeply inscribed in her approach. But her paintings, her works on paper, go well beyond « journalist’s drawings ».
Zehra builds a pictorial work in its own right, step by step, with and under the conditions that are made to him. The artist is present at all stages of her resistance.
His work affectively reaches the public whether they are art lovers or not. The force of his expression acts as a slap that awakens, and bluntly opens eyes to truths. Visitors question, inform
themselves, discover, understand, and do not leave the exhibition unharmed.
Zehra also stresses: « History is written by
dominants, therefore it is erroneous, distorted, missing. For example, in History written by men, patriarchy made the woman disappear from History. For Art, it is the same, it is absolutely
necessary that we reappropriate it… »
Can Zehra be classified in contemporary art? Yes, because she’s at the heart of present history. No, because she does not use commercial codes, she draws permanently from her roots which make her
present, she is not « out of culture », nor a universal globalist. So, unclassifiable, Zehra?
Costantini | Italian activist artist and graphic designer journalist. « Histoire de résistance ». His
website gianlucacostantini.com was
censored by Erdoğan since three years ago) (Italie)
• Niştiman Erdede |
Activist artist, Kurdish political refugee. (Switzerland)
Sustam | Researcher in social sciences and specialist in Kurdish territory. Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts in Istanbul and EHESS. Associate Researcher at IFEA Istanbul.
Author of « Kurdish Art and Subalternity between
Violence and Resistance ».(France)
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