Zin Ararat’s work is situated at the intersection of political history and the struggles of Kurdish women. At the end of World War I, Kurdistan (the Kurdish region of Mesopotamia) was divided up among Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria. Since that time the 35 million people who identify as Kurds have been denied basic human rights, particularly political participation, cultural expression, and free speech. In August, 2014 when ISIS took over the city of Sinjar in Northern Iraq, thousands of Kurds were massacred, and over 7,000 Kurdish women were abducted and forced to serve as sex slaves. The footprints in this work, embroidered with synthetic hair, represent their pain, sacrifice, and trauma, but also speak to their beauty and resilience. It especially honors those who escaped and, despite the unimaginable pain they had already endured, continued to fight alongside their Kurdish and Arab brothers and sisters in the war against ISIS. Zin Ararat’s work is inspired by artists Doris Salcedo and Mona Hatoum. Of special importance has been Doris Salcedo’s work entitled Atrabiliarios, which depicts violence, suffering, and trauma. As a Kurdish woman living in Turkey, Zin Ararat’s own experience has informed her work. She is persuaded that art can expose the tragedies of war and cast light on the ongoing ethnic wars in the world, by making visible critical human issues that otherwise might be invisible or simply be ignored.
Zin's ArtPrize Entries
These are Zin's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Zin's Past Work
These are images of past work that Zin has done.