Sept. 22 exhibition features the works of Tehran-based activist artist Meysam Azarzad
To commemorate the one-year anniversary of Iran's "Woman, Life, Freedom," uprising, on Sept. 22, the Dedee Shattuck Gallery in Westport, MA will present a solo exhibition featuring the works of Tehran-based activist artist Meysam Azarzad, curated by Art History Professor Pamela Karimi and MFA alumna Merri Cyr '19.
Meysam Azarzad masterfully intertwines ancient poetic verses with the bold visages of young Iranians on Instagram. His pieces spotlight undaunted men and women, seamlessly paired with modified verses from the 11th-century nationalistic poet, Abolghassem Ferdowsi’s “Shahnameh” or “Book of Kings.”
This melding of language and imagery echoes an age-old Iranian tradition where visual art resonated deeply with poetry and prose, emphasizing that art from this region was seldom just a singular visual experience.
The exhibition not only commemorates Mahsa Amini’s tragic end but also lauds Azarzad’s dedication to preserving the events and heroes of the uprising. His visual narrative ensures that despite the risks of erasure in the digital age, the revolution’s heroes – whether fallen, imprisoned, or tortured – remain etched in the nation’s memory.
"As you explore this exhibition, we hope you recognize the significance of what is considered by many as the world’s first Feminist revolution," said Karimi. "Furthermore, we hope you acknowledge the pivotal role Middle Eastern women have taken in their pursuit of democracy."
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