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Tears of Gold

Hannah Thomas

Tears of Gold: Portraits of Yezidi Women presents Hannah Thomas’s portrait paintings of Yezidi women who escaped ISIS captivity. Through her art Hannah gives voice to the voiceless, lionizes the isolated and prescribes dignity to the persecuted and forcibly displaced. Many of the women in Hannah’s paintings personally suffered sexual violence; others represent their wider community and the countless stories of horror. All have been targeted on account of their faith and/or ethnicity and suffered additional vulnerability due to their gender, and all too often their stories remain unseen and unheard. Since 2017, Hannah has taught these women to paint their self-portraits as a way to share their stories with the rest of the world, using art as a tool for advocacy and bringing their stories into places of influence in the West. The simple act of painting their s