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WomanLifeFreedom

Iranian artist Roya Amigh's "WomanLifeFreedom" series, composed with thread and hair on paper, depicts the recent protests, with images inspired by social media and Persian miniature paintings.
"Mahsa/Zhina Amini," Roya Amigh. Thread on paper, 2022. By arrangement with the artist.
Detail of "Mahsa/Zhina Amini," Roya Amigh. Thread on paper, 2022. By arrangement with the artist.
"Nika Shakarami," Roya Amigh. Thread on paper, 2022. By arrangement with the artist.
"Asra Panahi," Roya Amigh. Thread on paper, 2022. By arrangement with the artist.
Detail of "Asra Panahi," Roya Amigh. Thread on paper, 2022. By arrangement with the artist.
"WomanLifeFreedom," Roya Amigh. Thread on paper, 2022. By arrangement with the artist.

I started this recent project when I heard about the brutal death of Mahsa/Zhina Amini by the so-called morality police on September 16, 2022, in Tehran. With this project, I aim to commemorate the many beloved lives taken from us during the Woman, Life, Freedom uprising in Iran.

I once again picked up the book trans(re)lating house one by Poupeh Missaghi and reread pages 120-128. This reading inspired me to make the first drawing for Mahsa/Zhina. The imagery of this work comes from images collected via social media and Persian miniature paintings. I recreated these images by gluing thread on paper. For each of the following drawings, I started the process by cutting some strands of my hair. Then, I used the hair combined with the thread to make the work.

These three drawings are for Mahsa/Zhina Amini, twenty-two years old; Nika Shakarami, sixteen years old; and Asra Panahi, fifteen years old.

—Roya Amigh


© 2023 by Roya Amigh. All rights reserved.

English

I started this recent project when I heard about the brutal death of Mahsa/Zhina Amini by the so-called morality police on September 16, 2022, in Tehran. With this project, I aim to commemorate the many beloved lives taken from us during the Woman, Life, Freedom uprising in Iran.

I once again picked up the book trans(re)lating house one by Poupeh Missaghi and reread pages 120-128. This reading inspired me to make the first drawing for Mahsa/Zhina. The imagery of this work comes from images collected via social media and Persian miniature paintings. I recreated these images by gluing thread on paper. For each of the following drawings, I started the process by cutting some strands of my hair. Then, I used the hair combined with the thread to make the work.

These three drawings are for Mahsa/Zhina Amini, twenty-two years old; Nika Shakarami, sixteen years old; and Asra Panahi, fifteen years old.

—Roya Amigh


© 2023 by Roya Amigh. All rights reserved.

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