From Evin, With Love presents the handicrafts of imprisoned Iranian women activists from the Evin prison. The official opening of the exhibition takes place a day after the International Women’s Day. The exhibition introduces the Iranian Women’s Movement Museum (IRWMM), designed and developed by Mansoureh Shojaee, researcher and Iranian women’s movement activist, in collaboration with Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
In 2007, Iranian Noble Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi introduced the idea of the IRWMM. This initiative was later put in motion by Mansoureh, in collaboration with a group of women activists, artists and academics who will join us this evening. This project was, however, interrupted by the Iranian government in 2009, but Mansoureh persisted.
From Evin, With Love became the result of Mansoureh’s continuous efforts, which has been realised as of September 2017 as a joint project with the VU Amsterdam. During this opening we will talk to several women who have been imprisoned, and will include video screenings, speeches and Iranian music performances. We end the evening with Iranian snacks.
- Vocal and music performance by Nasrin Hobby.
- Opening speech by Dr. Halleh Ghorashi. She is the director and professor at the Sociology department at VU Amsterdam.
- Dr. Mona Holm. Chairwoman IRWMM.
- Parastoo Forouhar. Artist and human rights defender.
- Dr. Shirin Ebadi. First founder IRWMM and Iranian Noble Peace Prize winner.
- Marga Martens. Representative Bahá’í community in the Netherlands.
- Dr. Inge Hutter.
From Evin, With Love can be visited from the 6th of March until the 5th of April 2018 at the Humanity House.