This exhibition sets out to tell the story of eight survivors of the genocidal assault by ISIS/Daesh in Iraq. In 2014 the Islamic State launched a rapid and successful offensive in Iraq which a genocidal assault on the Yazidi people. When Daesh (as ISIS is known in Iraq) came, they murdered men and boys and enslaved women and girls, creating a market for sexual slavery. Thousands were trafficked to the Gulf and other places or kept by fighters. Gradually, some began to escape or be ransomed.
Artist, Hannah Rose Thomas, and psychologist, Sarah Whittaker Howe, visited the Yazidi Women’s camps. They conducted a project working with the survivors and using art therapy as a route to recovery. At a simple level the 8 triptychs that comprise the exhibition show three ways of seeing these women. The curator of the exhibition, Dr Brian Brivati, suggests that the triptych represents a journey from victim to survivor. Dr Brivati joins us to give a short talk about the project.
We feel very privileged to be able to bring this exhibition to Crickhowell from Edinburgh.