Statement by Iranian Artists, Scholars, Critics, Art Historians, and Curators in Support of Art Students’ Protests in the Country

Image of a red banner unfurled down through a large rotunda. The banner bears the face of Mahsa Amini, an Iranian woman murdered by the state authorities.

In October 2022, an anonymous collective of Iranian artists unfurled banners proclaiming “Women, Life, Freedom” alongside the image of Mahsa Amini from the top of the rotunda at New York’s Guggenheim Museu. Video courtesy of anonymous videographer.

As part of the global art community, we are sharing a statement signed by hundreds of Iranian artists, academics, and writers who have voiced solidarity with the Iranian art students who have been on strike to demand the end of dictatorship in Iran.

The recently released statement of solidarity has been signed by over 600 artists, scholars, writers, critics, art historians, and curators, including Shirin Neshat, Nairy Baghramian, Sonia Balassanian, Nicky Nodjoumi, Sussan Deyhim, Parviz Tanavoli, Bahram Beyzai, Ruyin Pakbaz, Tala Madani, Shirazeh Houshiary, Reza Deghati, Hengameh Golestan, and Layla Diba, among many others.

In the statement, “all forms of arrest, intimidation, and suppression by the regime” have been condemned in the strongest terms. Iranian artists and writers demand “the immediate and unconditional release of all students who have been detained.” They also call for the immediate end of policing on university campuses and investigation of students’ lives by Iranian intelligence services.

By sharing this statement, we aim to amplify the voices of Iranian art students and ensure an immediate end to violence against them.

The translation of the statement and the full list of signatories can be accessed at


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