Power 100

Most influential people in 2020 in the contemporary artworld


Zehra Doğan

Artist - Award-winning journalist and artist

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Photo: Hoshin Issa

An award-winning journalist and artist (although the distinction is increasingly moot here), Doğan has often been as active politically (among which founding and editing Jinha, a Kurdish feminist newspaper closed by the Turkish authorities in 2016) as in her artmaking. Doğan has served time in prisons in Mardin, Tarsus and Diyarbakır at various points between 2016 and 2019 (most recently a sentence of two years and nine months for sharing a watercolour depicting the destruction of Nusaybin by Turkish state forces on social media). Now, however, her graphic novels, sculpture and drawing, much of which was made while languishing as a political prisoner and snuck out in a variety of guileful ways, received a solo show in Istanbul, under the noses of her state persecutors in Turkey, while a graphic novel, Xêzên Dizî (The Hidden Drawings, 2018–20), depicting the histories of the Kurdish struggle, the horrors of prison life and the stories of fellow inmates, was a star turn at the Berlin Biennale. In November she won the Carol Rama Award.

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