Art museums in Rome and Milan show support for peaceful protests.
Two of Italy’s leading contemporary art institutions have launched a peaceful and symbolic protest against the Iranian security forces’ violent response to a wave of protests over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.
The Milan Triennale and the MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Art in Rome invite visitors to leave a small strand of hair, tied with string, in special containers in the museums.
The collected locks of hair will then be handed over to the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Consulate General of the Islamic Republic of Iran in a symbolic protest.
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Milan Triennale president Stefano Boeri said the initiative was sparked by a request from members of the Iranian community in Milan to organize some form of protest after Amini’s death in custody two years ago. weeks after her arrest by Iranian vice police who accused her of wearing an “inappropriate hijab”. .
“We join the Milan Triennale in this peaceful demonstration of protest against the unacceptable killings and violence affecting young women and men in Iran,” MAXXI President Giovanna Melandri said, adding, “We don’t we cannot remain indifferent”.
Iran Human Rights (IHR), a Norway-based organization, says at least 76 protesters have been killed and hundreds arrested in the ongoing crackdown by Iranian authorities, reports the BBC.