Fact check: Artwork dating back to 2014 falsely linked to anti-Hijab agitation in Iran

A picture of hair tied to a pole has gone viral on social media with the declare that it reveals a flag created by ladies who’ve been chopping their hair as an emblem of defiance towards the draconian gown code in Iran

A picture of hair tied to a pole has gone viral on social media with the declare that it reveals a flag created by ladies who’ve been chopping their hair as an emblem of defiance towards the draconian gown code in Iran

“The world’s strongest image has come out of Iran,” says a Fb publish whereas describing the picture of the flag, which began doing the rounds within the wake of the protests sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. Ms. Amini died after she was detained by Iran’s ‘morality police’ for not sporting hijab correctly, thus violating the nation’s gown code.

The declare was additionally shared by distinguished personalities.

Chinese language dissident artist Ai Weiwei shared a hyperlink to a Firstpost article that includes the picture with the headline, ‘Flag of Honour: Iranian ladies hoist chopped hair on stick as strongest image of dissent.’

Author Taslima Nasreen additionally shared an identical publish.

Mahsa Amini’s loss of life triggered a wave of protests, to which the Iranian regime responded with a deadly crackdown. The protesters have been burning hijabs in public, chopping their hair and chanting ‘loss of life to the dictator’ as acts of defiance towards draconian legal guidelines that place extreme restrictions on ladies’s rights.

However The Hindu discovered that the symbolic ‘hair flag’ shouldn’t be what it has been made out to be.

A reverse picture search revealed that it’s an art work by visual artist Edith Dekyndt.

A screengrab from a video of the art work, obtainable on Edith Dekyndt’s official web site.

We additionally contacted the spokespersons of varied artwork galleries representing Edith, who confirmed that the flag was a part of one in all her artwork installations.

“The image with the flag fabricated from hair utilized by the social media for the protests in Iran is certainly a nonetheless taken from a video set up made by the Belgium artist Edith Dekyndt. The video set up is entitled ‘Ombre Indigène Half 2 (Ile de la Martinique)‘ made in 2014. What’s used on social media is simply an extract of her work,” mentioned Magali Wyns, a spokesperson for Galerie Greta Meert, Belgium.

 Jonas Kriszeleit, Director of the Konrad Fischer Galerie in Germany, gave the next official description for the art work:

“A flag fabricated from human hair was caught within the floor and filmed on prime of rocks on the Diamant coast, in Martinique. There, exactly, on the night time of 8 April 1830, a clandestine slave boat transporting 100 African captives washed up on the rocks earlier than being totally destroyed. Edouard Glissant was buried not far, within the small city of Diamant. Native from this island, this creator is on the origin of the “tout-monde” (one-world) and “creolisation” ideas, the latter being like an “interbreeding producing unpredictability.“

Galerie Karin Günther in Germany additionally confirmed the identical.

Selecting up the declare, French public service broadcaster Arte ran a phase to place it in context.

“…But this shot was not taken in Iran within the present context of revolt, however in Martinique in 2014. It’s taken from a video by Belgian artist Edith Dekyndt who filmed this flag fabricated from hair put in on rocks from the Diamant coast on the island of Martinique. In response to the catalogs accompanying this work, it symbolizes the tragedy of a ship utterly destroyed at this place and which transported 100 African slaves in 1830, in addition to a tribute to the Martinican thinker Edouard Glissant,” it mentioned.

Whereas many have been sharing the picture of the flag as an emblem of the anti-government agitation in Iran, the declare that it was fabricated from the hair of the protesters is fake.

Reality examine: Faux


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