WOMAN LIFE FREEDOM
Giclèe Print on Hahnemüle Museum Etching
Time-Limited Edition of 550
297mm x 117mm
Numbered on Certificate of Authenticity
£120 inc. VAT
50% of print proceeds will be donated to Human Rights Watch who investigate and report on abuses happening in all corners of the world. Shirin Neshat has kindly donated the remaining 50% in support of the #CIRCAECONOMY – a circular model designed to support our free public art programme and create life-changing opportunities for the wider creative community worldwide.
Since CIRCA first broadcast on 1 October 2020, a new conception of freedom and imagination has begun to take hold, one that reminds us of our collective potential to remake the world we inhabit. Together, emerging and established voices are recentering both art and social change, not as the fringe activities of elites or radicals, but as roles essential to human life. In an open letter published earlier this week, Shirin Neshat, Ali Abassi and Bahman Ghodabi invited people around the world to further echo the rallying cries of Iranians for freedom. Through this cross-atlantic response and countless others, hope prevails.
Our potential to create new worlds is not lost but sleeping. Influenced by the science fiction writer Octavia Butler, author adrienne maree brown argues that ‘all organizing is science fiction’; that together, we imagine a better world, then fight to make it real. Through a combination of urgency and care, Shirin Neshat selected two pivotal works from her Women of Allah series (1993-1997) titled Moon Song and Unveiling. Coinciding with an eruption of international protests in solidarity with those risking their lives for basic human rights, WOMAN LIFE FREEDOM serves as a strong and symbolic accompaniment to the slogan being voiced across Iran.
Shirin Neshat, said: “As an artist devoted to making art that resonates to her people in Iran and internationally beyond just the art world, it feels like a perfect fit to work with CIRCA whose main premise is to make art accessible to a larger public, particularly in a time of crisis when people are looking for meaning and hope in the midst of chaos and political injustice."
CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY
Each Limited Edition comes with a stamped, numbered and dated certificate of authenticity.
The Cultural Institute of Radical Contemporary Art (CIRCA) is a digital art and culture platform with purpose. We stop the clock on global media spaces every evening at 20:22 local time, mobilising the world’s greatest creative minds to broadcast unique works of art that consider our world today, circa now. Previous CIRCA commissioned artists include Patti Smith, Tony Cokes, Yoko Ono, Marina Abramović, David Hockney and Ai Weiwei. Discover more here.
Each month, we sell limited editions by our exhibiting artists to generate funds for the #CIRCAECONOMY initiative – a circular model we designed to support our free public art programme and create life-changing opportunities for the wider creative community. 50% of proceeds generated from Shirin Neshat's WOMAN LIFE FREEDOM print will be donated to Human Rights Watch with the remaining 50% donated by Shirin Neshat in support of the #CIRCAECONOMY. Discover more here.
ABOUT SHIRIN NESHAT
Shirin Neshat (شیرین نشاط) is an Iranian visual artist who lives in New York City, known primarily for her work in film, video and photography. Her work focusses on the contrasts between Islam and the West, femininity and masculinity, public life and private life, antiquity and modernity, and bridging the spaces between these subjects.
Shirin Neshat. Photo Courtesy of Inez & Vinoodh
ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
Human Rights Watch investigates and reports on abuses happening in all corners of the world. We are roughly 450 people of 70-plus nationalities who are country experts, lawyers, journalists, and others who work to protect the most at risk, from vulnerable minorities and civilians in wartime, to refugees and children in need. We direct our advocacy towards governments, armed groups and businesses, pushing them to change or enforce their laws, policies and practices. To ensure our independence, we refuse government funding and carefully review all donations to ensure that they are consistent with our policies, mission, and values. We partner with organizations large and small across the globe to protect embattled activists and to help hold abusers to account and bring justice to victims.
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