This week in parliament, I visited an exhibition entitled ‘Yezidi women: ISIS survivors’ by British artist, Hannah Rose Thomas. I visited the exhibition on behalf of a number of my constituents, who contacted me asking me to represent them by visiting.
The exhibition contained self-portraits of Yezidi women, who escaped ISIS captivity, and was very powerful and moving. The artist, Hannah, travelled to Iraq last year to run a project for Yezidi women. The purpose of this project was to enable these women to share their stories through painting their self-portraits. The exhibition will displays these self-portraits alongside Hannah’s own gold leaf portraits which aim to convey the dignity and resilience of these Yezidi women.
This exhibition is taking place in collaboration with Open Doors, a charity that is currently running the Hope for the Middle East campaign in partnership with Middle East Concern. This campaign asks that religious minorities in Iraq and Syria are afforded equal rights, dignified living conditions and a central role in rebuilding and reconciling society. For more information, please visit: https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/Mo7FCK13nCD8jkyUvgSVc?domain=opendoorsuk.org