Femme Vie Liberté (Woman Life Freedom)
In support of the Iranian people
From 8 March 2023, institutions will agree to express their support for the Iranian
#ZanZendegiAzadi, #FemmeVieLiberté, for the past five months these words have been synonymous with struggle and hope for Iranian women and men who are fighting for their freedom and rights, at the cost of their lives and those of their loved ones.
The death of Mahsa Amini, a young Kurdish woman killed by the vice police on 16 September 2022, triggered a protest movement that took over every city in Iran. Many Iranian women took to the streets, supported by men, to shout out their anger at the regime and the law established since the 1979 Islamic revolution. All of them are demanding more freedoms, including an end to the compulsory veiling, and profound changes in the country.
The Iranian regime responds with violence, repression, torture and heavy sentences for those arrested, sometimes leading to the death penalty.
Since the beginning of the riots, galleries, art centres, foundations, and theatres have come to a standstill, refusing to normalise the situation. In response, Iranian and international artists, especially graphic designers, are supporting and documenting this revolutionary movement through the creation of images, posters, animated videos and stencils. Drawing on Iranian iconographic culture and international visual language (such as images of the struggles in Cuba, May 68...), these artists mix Persian calligraphy, graphic design and contemporary visual codes to convey in images on social networks the voice of those who risk their lives on a daily basis in Iran.
From 8 March 2023, institutions will agree to express their support for the Iranian people by dressing their facades and interiors with posters from social networks and the instagram account @iranianwomenofgraphicdesign created during the protests.
By displaying and distributing these posters, cultural institutions and structures give visibility to the images of this struggle and reaffirm their support for Iranian women and men in the face of repression, as well as their attachment to the values of emancipation and freedom.
An initiative launched by the Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris, the Palais de Tokyo, the Palais de la Porte Dorée and the Beaux-Arts de Paris