San Francisco Chronicle

S.F. artist from Iran amplifies protests

- — Lily Janiak

Artist Mobina Nouri, who’s from Iran and now lives in San Francisco, makes the human body into a canvas. In her past work, she’s penned richly intricate calligraph­y on shoulders and backs and thighs.

Now, with “The Wind in My Hair,” whose title is an homage to Masih Alinejad’s eponymous memoir, Nouri makes hair into a site of exchange between artist and viewer. Since 22year-old Mahsa Amini died after being taken into police custody in September, allegedly for disobeying hijab laws, many Iranian women have protested her death and their government’s decades-long oppression of women by posting videos of themselves shearing off their hair.

In a November installmen­t of Nouri’s piece, in solidarity with the protests, she invited viewers to cut off locks of her hair, to which she’d affixed photos of imprisoned protesters. Now she revives the idea at the Legion of Honor’s Court of Honor, accompanie­d by musicians Nima Sepehr and Mohammad Hassanzade­h.

“The Wind in My Hair”: 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. Free. Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F. 415-750-3600.

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Badri Valian Mobina Nouri in “The Wind in My Hair.”

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