Last summer British artist Hannah Rose Thomas travelled to Northern Iraq, where she was invited to organise an interactive art project with eight Yezidi women who had escaped ISIS captivity.
After learning to draw and paint for the first time, these Yezidi women requested that Hannah paint their portraits. They saw this as a way to share their stories with the rest of the world. They chose to be painted in the white robes of Yezidi traditional dress.
The use of gold leaf is to show the sacred value of these Yezidi women, in spite of all they have suffered at the hands of ISIS. It is symbolic of the restoration of dignity.
The paintings have been exhibited in the UK Houses of Parliament, DfID and Buckingham Palace to advocate on their behalf.