Amna Suraka: reclaiming the prison for art & culture
When I went to Amna Suraka in 2009 it was barely more then an empty shell of the prison and torture chamber it had been. When I returned in 2012, it had become the location of and a symbol for Kurdish art and culture. As Amna Suraka had primarily been used to oppress the Kurds in one of their cultural capitals: Sulaymaniyah. This subversion is a wonderful example of art being used to bring hope and make a positive change.