Zehra Doğan's paintings in Detmold: Eyes wide open

The Detmold Amnesty International Group exhibits paintings of Kurdish painter and journalist Zehra Doğan, who has been in prison for a year, at the Detmold City Library.

Zehra Doğan is the editor of the exclusively female-led and now banned Kurdish news agency JINHA. As an artist she addresses the political situation and the life of women.

One of her paintings shows the Turkish flag over houses shot down by tanks. Doğan was arrested for painstakingly reinterpreting the official press photo of the Turkish forces showing the ruined town of Nusaybin. The image of Nusaybin was seen as an unacceptable criticism of Turkey's approach.

Zehra Doğan was arrested on July 21, 2016 and put on remand. The charges were "membership" and "spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization." On 9 December 2016, Zehra Doğan was acquitted of being a member of a terrorist organization, but on 2 June 2017 an appeals court upheld the first instance verdict of two years, nine months and 22 days in jail because of her social media activities and “spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization”.

She was imprisoned on June 12, 2017 in Amed Prison (Diyarbakır).

Paintings by Zehra Doğan can still be seen at the Detmold City Library until June 22, 2018. The exhibition can be visited during the opening hours of the city library. Admission is free.