This dynamic and unprecedented arts festival brings together artists from around the world whose inspirational works reflect revolutions, movements, and resistance in defense of human rights. Housed in the Dupont Underground, formerly a subterranean streetcar station and transportation hub, this festival features art from renowned and cutting-edge international artists, many of whom have been persecuted or censored in their home countries for the simple act of artistic expression.
From the protest anthems of Emel Mathlouthi that galvanized millions during the Tunisian Revolution to the subversive concept pop art of Ganzeer, this exhibition is a rallying cry, loudly proclaiming the power of art to create positive change around the world. Offering vital perspectives on issues like freedom of expression, human and women’s rights, immigration, the refugee crisis, LGBTQI rights, and social and environmental justice, these artists work across a range of disciplines to show us what resistance and revolutions look like through the creative lens. See the full festival catalogue here.
Featuring visual art by: Fadi Asmar, Negar Behbahani, Ram Devineni, Chitra Ganesh, Mariam Ghani, Ganzeer, Roya Farassat, Seán Hannan, Ash Koosha, Kairon Liu, and Aida Sulova.
Featuring music by: Marjan Farsad, Emel Mathlouthi, Ash Koosha, Mai Khoi & the Dissidents, Amir ElSaffar, Iranian Female Composers Association
Featuring films by: Mohammad Bakhshi, Salem Salavati, Don Sergio, Kamran Taheri Moghaddam, Anthonia Onyejekwe, Alyssa Berrios, Merry Hailegeorgies, Gabe Hoekman, Verite Igiraneza, Avi Krishan, Sophie Lucarelli, Juliet Marschall, Juan Ortiz
Photography by Nosrat Tarighi