Zehra Doğan, born 1989 in Diyarbakır (Turkey), studied Art at Dicle University and is one of the founders of JINHA, the first kurdish news agency by women. Because of a digital painting of Nusaybin, a kurdish town destroyed by the turkish military, she was sentenced to 2 years, 9 months and 22 days imprisonment in Turkey for alleged »terrorist propaganda«. This was met by an outcry of solidarity of international artists like Banksy.
She is recipient of the Metin Göktepe Journalism Award, the Freedom of Expression Award and the Courage in Journalism Award. To this day her works were on display amongst others at the Tate Modern and the Berlin Biennale 2020. Doğan, who in 2020 was included in the Power 100 of Art Review is artist in residence at the Maxim Gorki Theater since 2021. There she presents here first comprehensive solo exhibition »Prison No. 5« at the Gorki Kiosk.
Photo: Hoshin Issa