First Friday Lecture: Voices of Resistance by Hamideh Behgar and Niki Saghari

  • Friday, June 2, 2023
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • MAWA + Online, 611 Main St, Winnipeg, MB
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The “Women, Life, Freedom” movement in Iran was sparked by the death of Mahsa Zhina Amini, who was beaten by the morality police on 16September 2022 in Iran for not wearing a proper hijab. The movement has led to ongoing protests in Iran by women fighting for their rights. This lecture will examine how artists around the world have used various forms of art to express their solidarity with the protesters and raise awareness about their cause.

Online broadcasts will feature ASL translation. Within a couple of weeks, the First Friday Lectures will be posted with captioning and ASL at

Free, everyone welcome. Zoom link:

  • Niki Saghari is a multidisciplinary artist who has exhibited in group shows in Tehran and has performed at international events in Paris and Greece. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Photography from Tehran University of Art and is currently pursuing an MFA at the University of Manitoba. Saghari has been residing in Winnipeg since 2021.

  • Hamideh Behgar is a multidisciplinary artist who works in sculpture, installation and screen printing. She is an MFA student at the University of Manitoba who holds a Bachelor’s in Graphic Design. Behgar explores human experiences and identity through free and organic forms, inspired by her childhood fantasies.