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Reading in Saarländische Galerie

Roshi Rouzbehani: Illustration for exhibition poster at Saarlandmuseum, 2023, (c) Roshi Rouzbehani

In the exhibition WOMEN LIFE FREEDOM at the Saarländische Galerie in Berlin, Maryam Palizban reads ‘Stolen Love Letters’ and her poems from ‘The Orphaned Gaps’ and excerpts from the ‘Revolution Diary’ by Jinoos Taghizadeh. Maryam Palizban was a fellow in Schloss Wiepersdorf in 2022. The reading is an event organised in cooperation with the Saarländische Galerie.

The exhibition features recent works by international artists from Iran who were forced to leave their homeland for political reasons and now live and work in various countries around the world. The prints, videos, installations and objects were created in response to the current situation and are mostly being shown publicly for the first time. The Saarland Museum in Saarbrücken had included the exhibition in its programme as a sign of solidarity with the current Iranian movement ‚Women Life Freedom‘, in which women are courageously fighting for a self-determined and free life. The exhibition will now be shown in a slightly modified form at the Saarländische Galerie in Berlin.

Dr Maryam Palizban is a theatre scholar, writer, actress and director. Interdisciplinarity in relation to ‚religion and culture‘ is a central element of Palizban’s research. The tensions between ‚religion and art‘, ‚cultural theory of modern Islam‘ and ‚performativity and textuality‘ are among the major themes of her multilingual publications, lectures and teaching activities. In her native Iran, she is known as an actress in films such as Deep Breath, Fat Shaker and LANTOURI, and as a poet. Maryam Palizban has lived in Berlin since 2005 and works as a researcher and artist in Berlin and (until recently) in Tehran. She has organised interdisciplinary colloquium series on ‚Body and Corporeality‘ and ‚Woman, Body and Revolution‘, presenting the Centre for Islamic Theology in Münster as an innovative space for discussion. Her most recent publication, ‚Understanding and Forgetting the Body – Interdisciplinary Approaches‘, takes an interdisciplinary approach to the question of human corporeality. In 2023, she participated in the protests of the Jina Revolution by publishing an image without a headscarf and has since been involved in various oppositional feminist networks.

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