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2006 Sunday 22 October

Painting exhibition of a young woman on death row

Iran Press News: Delara Darabi’s painting exhibition entitled “The prisoner of colors" opened in Tehran. Delara is one of the young women who is on death row in Iran. The poster announcing her exhibition depicts one of her paintings. The text of the poster reads:

"Do you know what the prisoner of colors mean? It means that when I was four, I had broken down my life by colors; at 17, I lost them. I mistook deep Red for blue lapis. Instead of sky blue, I painted gray. I lost the colors and now the only silhouette I see everyday is the [prison] wall. I am Delara Darabi, 20 years of age, accused of murder, sentenced to death; it has been 3 years that I defend myself with colors, shapes and words...These paintings are an oath to an uncommitted crime...would that colors were to bring me back to life again. I send you who have come to see my paintings, greetings from behind these walls.”

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