On 16 September 2022, Mahsa Jina Amini, a 22-year-old student, died in custody after being arrested by the Iranian “morality police” for violating hijab law. Her death has sparked a huge wave of protests around the world. One year on, this mobilisation is still going strong. Today, Iranian artists have also been undergoing one of the most brutal repressions in the country’s history, with an increasing number of arrests and convictions.
In partnership with Artists for Women Life Freedom, the MEP is organizing a special day in support of women in Iran, reflecting on the situation through artists’ eyes in a series of screenings and talks.
Throughout the month of September, posters created by Iranian artists Koushna Navabi, Abbas Zahedi, Hadi Falapishi and Anahita Razmi will be displayed along the entrance gates of the MEP. The posters are also on sale in the bookshop, with all profits will be donated to Artists for Woman Life Freedom.
Artists for Woman Life Freedom supports the creation and display of public artworks in collaboration with museums and institutions, to raise awareness of the courageous Iranians battling for their basic human rights against the crimes of the Islamic Republic. Visual art has become a powerful tool in the hands of grassroot activists, whose protest art has painted countless streets around the world with defiance since the murder of Mahsa Jina Amini.