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Art for the Iranian Freedom Protests

Laurie says:

Jalz’s campaigning image, which combines an image of the Azadi (Freedom) tower with Matisse’s dancers and the ‘women, life, freedom’ protest slogan. Photograph: Jalz via The Guardian.

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I was very impressed with the protest art that is coming out of Iran and, of course, with the power of the protest movement in the face of the intense danger the protesters face. Given the risks and the punishments, which include death, the level of protest and the extent is amazing. And demonstrators of all ages and a respectable number of men.

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Mahdieh Farhadkiaei’s playing card design. Photograph: Mahdieh Farhadkiaei. Photo via the Guardian
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As the protests in Iran continue, Iranian artists are using their art to support the uprising and express their emotions during this momentous time. Their artwork calls for women’s rights and equality for all.

Using existing symbols of protest and freedom, these artists have carefully crafted artwork that is designed to bring awareness to what is happening in Iran and to reinforce the idea that women’s power cannot be taken away.

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Sahar Ghorishi draws attention to the centrality of women to the movement. Photograph: Sahar Ghorishi. Photo via the Guardian

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Many of the art pieces focus on themes of freedom and solidarity, and include the slogan “Women, Life, Freedom” which comes from the Kurdish movement for women’s rights and self-determination.

Others have illustrated the movement of fearless women cutting their hair off and burning their headscarves in mourning and in solidarity.

Quotes are from the Feminist Giant website.

The protest simultaneously make me happy and make me weep.

Check out the whole article.

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Photos From Iran: Morteza Nikoubazl

Laurie says:

I saw a group of images by Iranian photographers in an article from In Focus by Alan Taylor in the Atlantic.  I’ve been meaning to write about it for a while but other things kept coming up.

Iran has appeared in numerous headlines around the world in recent months, usually attached to stories about military exercises and other saber-rattlings, economic sanctions, a suspected nuclear program, and varied political struggles. Iran is a country of more than 75 million people with a diverse history stretching back many thousands of years. While over 90 percent of Iranians belong to the Shia branch of Islam — the official state religion — Iran is also home to nearly 300,000 Christians, and the largest community of Jews in the Middle East outside Israel. At a time when military and political images seem to dominate the news about Iran, I thought it would be interesting to take a recent look inside the country, to see its people through the lenses of agency photographers. Keep in mind that foreign media are still subject to Iranian restrictions on reporting

Much of the work is very impressive and the whole slide show is worth seeing. I was particularly struck by the work of Morteza Nikoubazl.

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This is from the Lightstalkers (see below) web site:

Morteza Nikoubazl was born in Tehran in 1974 and studied art and photography there. Nikoubazl started work as a freelance photographer for Iranian daily and weekly newspapers then moved to the United Arab Emirates newspaper Gulf News. In 1999 he began working with the Reuters team as a stringer and now works exclusively with Reuters Tehran team.

This bio is not that recent but he is still working for Reuters.  There are lots of his images on the web but not a lot about him in English.

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This photo is from a very different series titled Lightstalkers . You really want to look at the entire series. They are very reminiscent some of Josef Sudek’s work. He is one of my favorite photographers and I wrote this post about him on his birthday a while ago.

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And one more photo I liked a lot that that was simply tagged Reuters.

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