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.
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.
Mahdieh Farhadkiaei’s playing card design. Photograph: Mahdieh Farhadkiaei. Photo via the Guardian
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.
Sahar Ghorishi draws attention to the centrality of women to the movement. Photograph: Sahar Ghorishi. Photo via the Guardian
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.
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