Cloe Hakakian, an Iranian-American artist, started the Murals for Freedom initiative in an effort to facilitate, document, and support public art dedicated to the #WomenLifeFreedom movement.
While women in Iran have been protesting for decades, they are now leading the first counter-revolution. Sparked by the tragic death of 22-year-old Mahsa Jina Amini who died at the hands of Iran’s “morality police” for failing to “properly” cover her hair, the protests have garnered international attention. They are no longer protests. They’re a revolution.
Art is a universal language that has historically played a role in revolutions. It has the power to make a lot of noise, which is vital in a situation like this to amplify the voices of the silenced. These Murals for Freedom — all inspired by the values of "Zan, Zendegi, Azadi" or "Woman, Life, Freedom" — are an opportunity for the Iranian diaspora to unite and raise awareness by being the voice of the Iranian revolution.
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The protests in Iran are part of a long history of women's resistance
Women's protests in Iran have long history - The Washington Post
Iran’s Protests Are the First Counter-Revolution Led by Women | The New Yorker
What Success of Women-Led Protests Say About Iran’s Future | Time
Iran's 'women's revolution' could be a Berlin Wall moment | CNN Politics
Do Iran’s Women Protesters Have the Power to Topple the Regime? | Council on Foreign Relations
Protests Erupt After Death in Detention | The Iran Primer
Art as Social Revolution – Crossman Gallery