Berlin museum unveils new Shirin Neshat banner in solidarity with protesters in Iran


The Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, a major German museum,  unveiled a work by the Iran-born, New York-based artist Shirin Neshat on its façade following the death of Mahsa Amini. The intervention-which took place on Sunday 30 October-is the most high-profile institutional show of support for protestors in Iran after museums in the UK and US were criticised for failing to address the worsening human rights situation in the country.

Amini, also known as Jina, died in an Iranian hospital in September after being detained by the regime's morality police for allegedly not complying with the country's hijab regulations. Her death sparked ongoing mass protests in Tehran and cities across Iran. 

Neshat's banner, which hung in front of the building's main entrance, shows the 1993 self-portrait Unveiling from the series Women of Allah (1993-1997); it also features excerpts of text by the late Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad and the slogan "Woman, Life, Freedom" in Farsi and English. 

The ArtNewspaper