Unveiled on 28 November 2022, Eyes on Iran is a multifaceted public artwork set up, punctuating the areas of New York’s FDR 4 Freedoms State Park. Eye motifs have been staged in numerous scales all through the park to look at the ability of collective sight, with eyes dealing with the UN, signifying the world’s eyes on Iran.
In attendance on the opening ceremony for the exhibition, which befell yesterday, had been former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, human rights lawyer and mission director on the Atlantic Council Gissou Nia, in addition to artists and singers supporting the liberation of girls in Iran. The set up runs in keeping with each the UN initiative, ‘16 days of activism towards Gender-Based mostly Violence’ (25 November till Human Rights Day on 10 December 2022). And with the aim to amplify the mission of ‘Girl, Life, Freedom’ – a worldwide marketing campaign demanding that the Islamic Republic of Iran be faraway from the Fee on the Standing of Girls, the UN’s devoted gender equality department.
Artworks within the park have been created by Iranian artists Sheida Soleimani, Aphrodite Désirée Navab, Z, Icy and Sot, Shirin Neshat, Mahvash Mostala, Sepideh Mehraban, and Shirin Towfiq, conceptual artist and co-founder of For Freedoms Hank Willis Thomas, and French artist JR.
All through the set up’s temporary lifespan, billboards shall be flown over New York on 3 December, and through Miami Artwork Week 2022 that includes works by Hank Willis Thomas and Mahvash Mostala. Inside the park, an interactive set up by artist JR will happen on 4 December.
On the broader function of the present, artist Shirin Neshat remarks ‘many artists all through the diaspora (…are presenting) our imaginative and prescient to make sure worldwide audiences and establishments stay conscious of what’s occurring in Iran and really feel moved to reply.’
‘Eyes on Iran’ runs till 1 January 2022 on the FDR 4 Freedoms State Park, New York. forfreedoms.com (opens in new tab)