French artist JR creates performance to support women in Iran

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The French artist JR has presented his latest performance in New York – a powerful illustration of the struggle of women in Iran. The work shows the face of 16-year-old girl Nika Shakarami, who died during protests in September. Her hair is formed by volunteers. Iranians have been taking to the streets since the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of the morality police. The protests have been met with a fierce crackdown, with hundreds of demonstrators like Shakarami killed.

We also visit Congolese artist Géraldine Tobé’s new exhibition in Brussels. As a child, she was accused of witchcraft because of her drawings and forced to undergo exorcisms. Today, she paints with smoke to exorcise the pain of her country’s colonial past. The show is on at the Lever House, a building that stands as a reminder of Belgium’s colonisation of DR Congo.

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