Wednesday, October 4, 2023

In the galleries: A spotlight on women fighting oppression in Iran

Women are represented only by red hands and black hair in Kiana Honarmand’s “A Shadow in the Depth of Light,” an art installation that’s also an act of protest. Inspired by the “Woman Life Freedom” movement in her native Iran, the California artist has filled VisArts’s Gibbs Street Gallery with tokens of rage, resistance and resignation.

These reflect the aftermath of the 2022 death of Mahsa Amini while in the custody of Iran’s morality police. She was arrested, reportedly, for not wearing her hijab in accordance with government standards; eyewitnesses say she was beaten severely, which likely caused her death.

The show consists of three elements. The …