Liu Bolin
Freedom in 2023 (2023)
Ink-jet print on aluminium panel
47,2 x 31,4 / 59 x 39,3 / 78,7 x 53,3 in
Edition of 6

Cod. 85
-'Liu Bolin. Hiding in Florence', Maretti Editore, 2023, page 33, ISBN 9788893970952.

Freedom in 2023, inspired by Iranian women’s protests that are stirring up the squares of the Middle Eastern nation, has been realised during the symbolic day of Women's Day 2023. The project has been realised thanks to the contribution of actress and activist Melania Dalla Costa, testimonial of the 2019 United Nations’ campaign (UNICRI) and long-time advocate for women victims of physical and psychological abuse. Well aware of the interest that Liu Bolin has in addressing the theme of freedom through his performances, Melania really wanted to involve Nasibe Shamsaei, an Iraninan activist, who fled Iran after being sentenced to twelve years in prison for organising the campaign of “White Wednesdays” and encouraging women to remove their headscarves or wear white shawls as a sign of protest. Center of the photo’s figurative layout is the gesture of cutting the hair by Nasibe Shamsaei, synonymous with peaceful rebellion. A gesture that reclaims a genuine and profound freedom and that to this day drives human beings to risk their lives, in the squares and streets of the entire world. Together with Nasibe Shamsaei and Melania Dalla Costa, Iranian women will take part in the realization of the artwork, conceived by Liu Bolin, reinforcing the meaning of the gesture and highlighting how art can still encourage a reflection on important contemporary themes.

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