Haircut in memory of Mahsa Amini

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Original painting: Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun: Hyacinthe Gabriell Rosland, oil on canvas, 1791, Paris, France
Animation by Krisztina Arláth
Made with Erasmus Scholarship in Lisbon, Portugal, 2022
Exhibited at the Interferences group exhibition by M.A.D.S. Art Gallery, Milan, Italy, 2022
Curated by Matilde Della Pina art curator

Mahsa Amini was a 22-year-old Kurdish woman who on 13 September 2022 was stopped and arrested by the local police because she was not wearing the hijab properly. After two days of beatings during her detention, she died. Her tragic death raised several protests in Iran that resulted in worldwide demonstrations. Kristina started from these protests to create her artwork. The woman in the artwork clutches the blades and cuts off a large lock of her hair, in the wake of the many women around the world who, in protest against the murders and violence that are affecting young women and men in Iran, are calling for the restoration of a minimum degree of freedom and civilisation through the symbolic gesture of cutting off a lock of hair.

Matilde Della Pina art curator