Woman, Life, Freedom: Year Zero

Woman, Life, Freedom: Year Zero

Jinoos Taghizadeh, Good Night (still), 2009.

Woman, Life, Freedom: Year Zero

Admission starts at $5

September 16, 2023, 5pm
172 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Join us at e-flux Screening Room on Saturday, September 16 at 5pm for Woman, Life, Freedom: Year Zero, a screening of works by Iranian artists and activists Jinoos Taghizadeh, Tanin Torabi, and members of the Art/Culture/Action collective (ACA). The screening will be followed by a conversation between ACA member Nazanin Noroozi, and the event’s guest curators Sandra Skurvida and Barbad Golshiri

We are approaching the first anniversary of the Woman, Life, Freedom movement led by Iranian women, who resolutely said “no” to patriarchal and religious control over their bodies. Iranian artists in the country and across the world are engaging in actions and performances to celebrate their historic achievement, protest against the Islamic State of Iran’s crackdown on the dissidents who have been courageously standing against the systemic suppression of human rights, and mourn the loss of hundreds of people who have been killed by the regime, including the killing of Jina Mahsa Amini on September 16, 2022.

The Year Zero marks revolutionary beginnings: In Iran at least since the Constitutional Revolution of 1905-1911, women have been a force of change. Today—after the state killing of Jina Mahsa Amini—they’ve become the harbingers of the revolution known as “Woman, Life, Freedom.”


Jinoos Taghizadeh, Good Night (2009, 22 minutes)
Mothers sing lullabies to their children so they can sleep peacefully. Revolutionary anthems are composed to awaken, encourage, and inspire. A child sleeps in a white cradle on a red floor next to a green wall—the colors of the Iranian flag. The cradle rocks like a pendulum, and Iranian revolutionary anthems that had been sung by marching men thirty years ago are now sung by a female voice, in a slow tempo resembling a lullaby. These anthems speak of pain, blood, and uprising; of death and the martyrdom of youth; of rebellion; of passion for freedom and a brighter future, away from darkness and despotism. But the child is peacefully asleep, a long-lasting sleep. The revolutionary spirit that was supposed to awaken the child has put it to sleep. The lullaby became a rousing cry in 2009, the year of the Green Movement in Iran.

Tanin Torabi, Until (2023, 13 minutes)
“We walk. We run. We fall. We hug those we love and then we run again. We walk together until the walls move.” 

Art/Culture/Action,  تو نامری / You Will Not Die (May-August 2023)
The names of the innocent people who insisted on their right to be free, their ages, and the date and place of their deaths are documented and read by members of the ACA collective. This information has been sourced from the databases of human rights organizations and extensive additional investigation.

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Film, Feminism
Middle East, Revolution, Islam, Freedom

Art/Culture/Action #artcultureaction is a group of Iranian art workers assembled to advance class, political, and civil freedoms in the art of Iran.

Barbad Golshiri (b. 1982, Tehran) studied  painting in Tehran, and has been working in different fields and art disciplines over the past two decades. Golshiri work has focused on cemeteries and the making of grave markers, cenotaphs, and memorials. He is also a critic and a translator into Persian of Samuel  Beckett’s dramatic works. His works are in the collections of institutions such as the British Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Freiburg Modern Art Museum, the Sound Florida University Museum, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art, and in cemeteries in Iran, France, and Canada. He now resides in exile in France.

Sandra Skurvida was born in Vilnius and has lived in New York since 1996. She has been engaging with art from Iran since 2010 and has curated and organized numerous presentations of Iranian video art internationally, and convened, in partnership with the Iran Research Center, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Asia Society in New York, the international symposium “Iran: Art and Discourse.” Skurvida has published extensively on the sociopolitical aspects of contemporary art—most recently, “Barbad Golshiri’s Acts of Alterity,” ArtMargins (MIT, 2023), and “Iranian or Not: Sociopolitical Conditions of Art Representation,” Transcultural Interplay Through Art and Social Life: Iranian Diaspora in Europe and Beyond (Königshausen & Neumann, 2022). She is working on a book titled Iran Files: Art in Resistance, 2009-2022.

Jinoos Taghizadeh was born in Iran and has lived in Canada since 2022. She has been an active multimedia artist since 2000. From 2012–2019, she was editor-in-chief of the Aftab Network Journal’s fine art section. From 2017–2019, she was a resident at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin, Ireland; Bergen University, Norway; and the Brugge Cultural Center, Belgium. She has had solo exhibitions at Hinterland Gallery in Vienna, Austria (2019); Bogarten Chapel Gallery in Brugges, Belgium (2018); Kunsthalle Wiesbaden, Germany (2016); and O Gallery in Tehran, Iran (2015) among others. She participated in group exhibitions in the US at Redcat in Los Angeles (2018) and Mana Contemporary in Jersey City (2017), and in Iran Inside Out at Chelsea Art Museum (2009).

Tanin Torabi is an Iranian dance artist whose work spans choreography, performance, and film. She studied Sociology and holds an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance from the University of Limerick. She has received numerous awards including Best Artist Film, Best Experimental Film, Inspiring Woman in Film, and Jury Award from renowned festivals. Her works have been presented in exhibitions such as The Hudson Eye, SOMA Gallery, and Lazina Center of Contemporary Art among others. Tanin is a member of The School of Hard Knocks company directed by Yoshiko Chuma, and the recipient of residencies at Cité Internationale des Arts, Montpellier Danse, Dance Limerick, and Vayu Residency.

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