Iran Massacre Prompts Poignant Protest at LACMA

A group of activists staged a overall performance outside the house the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) very last night to commemorate the 40-day anniversary of the Zahedan “Bloody Friday” Massacre, in which Iranian safety forces opened hearth into a crowd and killed pretty much 100 people — the deadliest killing due to the fact protests began in Iran in September.

A team of protesters dressed in black handcuffed on their own to the street lamps that make up Chris Burden’s “City Light-weight” (2008) set up, positioned at the Wilshire Boulevard entrance of LACMA. The effectiveness aligned with a wave of protests and strikes in Iran also in remembrance of the Zahedan Massacre and ongoing demonstrations following the death of Mahsa (Zhina) Amini, who died in detainment following she was stopped by Iran’s “morality police” for not carrying her governing administration-mandated scarf appropriately.

“A revolution is taking place in the streets of Iran and the Islamic Republic is violently seeking to silence liberty seekers,” reads the flyer distributed at LACMA performance, which was organized by Mediseh Bathaie based mostly on a strategy by Payam Qavami. “There is an limitless list to their crimes versus humanity, and 1 the most brutal ones is the massacre of Zahedan.”

On September 30, leaving a mosque soon after their weekly Friday prayer, a team of demonstrators collected outdoors the Zahedan police station to desire accountability for the rape of a 15-12 months-outdated lady at the fingers of a police captain. The authorities opened hearth, killing protestors and bystanders. Zahedan is property to the country’s Baluch minority, which has faced repression from the condition.

Protesters dressed in black clung to the street lamps that make up Chris Burden’s “Urban Light” (2008) installation.

Yesterday’s action at LACMA honored Khodanoor Lejei, who died 4 days right after the massacre, where he was shot and subsequently denied clinical remedy. The effectiveness also honored Faezeh Barahui, a college university student who protested the rape of the 15-12 months-aged woman and is now detained, potentially experiencing the death penalty.

“This general performance is homage to Khodanoor, and all the brave Iranian women of all ages and gentlemen who are braving grave risk on the streets of Iran for flexibility,” the flyer browse.

Burden’s “Urban Light” has develop into a recognizable image of the metropolis as properly as the web site of community engagement, protests, and steps more than the a long time. This summer season, activists covered themselves in blood and chained them selves to the installation’s lampposts in protest of the reversal of Roe v. Wade.

LACMA has not nevertheless responded to Hyperallergic’s instant request for comment.

The functionality marks 40 times because the Zahedan Massacre that killed nearly 100 people.