"Noah's Ark" by Zehra Doğan
Noah’s Ark is an acrylic paint and markers on canvas made by Zehra Doğan in July 2019. Her sharp black lines over the grey and blue tones represent the shock and dismay of a shipwreck in a stormy night out at sea, and at the same time symbolizes the hope for rescue that migrants’ vessels have traveling on Mediterranean waters from the Libyan coast to a safe European harbor.
The painting is signed by the artist, who added on the back of the canvas her dedication “for Mediterranea, my gift” in Kurdish language (Jibo Mediterranea, diyariya mine).
- Medium: acrylic on canvas
- Edition: original (1 of 1)
- Dimensions: 99.5 cm x 80 cm
- Location: shipping will be arranged from Rome, Italy
- Retail Value: $15,000
About the artist:
Zehra Doğan is a Kurdish artist, journalist, and author from Amed, Turkey. She is the founder and editor of Jinha, a feminist Kurdish news agency with an all-female staff. In 2017, she was sentenced to 2 years, 9 months and 22 days in prison for “terrorist propaganda” because of her news coverage, social media posts, and sharing one of her paintings on social media. That painting depicts the destruction of the Nusaybin, a Kurdish town in Southeastern Turkey, after the clashes between state security forces and Kurdish insurgents. After she completed her sentence, she was released from the Tarsus Prison on February 24, 2019. Zehra donated Noah’s Ack to Mediterranea Saving Humans in July 2019 in solidarity with the mission of the non-profit organization.
Photography credit: Renato Cerisola
Mediterranea is a civil society platform operating in the central Mediterranean to monitor, witness, and condemn the conditions in which women, men, and children constantly face enormous dangers in the absence of organized relief operations, people suffering in silence, while the Italian and European governments remain . indifferent, complicit.
Mediterranea is made of individuals and organized groups, open to the voices from different worlds, secular and religious, social and cultural, trade union and political, who want to share the goals of this project to restore hope, rebuild humanity, and defend the law and human rights.
The action of Mediterranea is moral disobedience and civil obedience. Disobedience to the nationalist and xenophobic public discourse and to the interdiction of witnessing what is happening in the Mediterranean; but obeying to the constitutional and international law, the law on the seas and general human rights, including the obligation of saving those who are in danger and bringing them to a safe harbor.
The main goal is to be where we are needed, to witness and document what is happening, and if necessary, save whoever risks to die in the central Mediterranean, as requested by current regulations, international laws and treaties.