May 16 2014
Firoozeh Bazrafkan strips to Quran passages in spite of the threats to her life that her art is causing.
Copenhagen Post (h/t Uwe Max J) Nudity, blasphemy, Nazi hymns and shredded Qurans are all recurring elements in the works by artist and blogger Firoozeh Bazrafkan. These themes are also the reason why she has to live a life punctuated by daily death threats and harassment.
“There are those who harass me and call me words like whore, ugly bitch, tell me to burn in hell and so on, but there are also those who send me direct death threats,” Bazrafkan told Ekstra Bladet. “They write that if they meet me, they would gladly send me to another world and that they are ready to go to jail for it.”
Bazrafkan was born in Iran and she is now using art to fight the repression of women, especially in her birth country and in other Islamic nations. In her latest video performance, she strips naked in front of the camera and covers the Quran with her clothes, while the artist Kasper Nørby Lund recites passages from the book.
Sadly, it is the so-called “elite” on the Left who will not support this champion of women’s rights.
Anorak If you listen to artists, writers, academics and journalists, you would think that thousands of them operate in a radical underground. They say the right things. They ‘speak truth to power’, ‘transgress boundaries’, and all the rest of it. But you will have noticed that they are careful only to challenge religions that won’t hurt them (Christianity) and governments that won’t arrest them (democracies).
In September, she was convicted of racism:
Firoozeh Bazrafkan was charged with racism after writing in a blog entry, published inJyllands-Posten newspaper in December 2011, that she was “very convinced that Muslim men around the world rape, abuse and kill their daughters”. She added: “This is, according to my understanding as a Danish-Iranian, the result of a defective and inhumane culture – if you can even call it a culture at all. But you can say, I think, that it is a defective and inhumane religion whose textbook, the Koran, is more immoral, deplorable and crazy than manuals of the two other global religions combined.”
Fined 5,000 kroner fine, or five days in prison, she said:
“The court argued that what I wrote about Muslim men was condescending and a generalisation,” Bazrafkan told The Copenhagen Post. “But that’s unfair, because there are many Islamic codes that are being used by Islamic men to justify their actions against women and children.” She argues that she was not accusing all Muslim men of using Islamic codes to justify horrific acts against women, only that violence against women and children was often excused by citing Islam. “It’s not the same thing. For example, Muslims around the world protested at the Mohammed cartoons, and doctors around the world misdiagnose patients, but not all Muslims protested, and not all doctors misdiagnose.”
Why did she write what she did?
“I wrote it as an artistic manifesto to show that we cannot say what we want and we cannot criticise Islamic regimes. I wanted to show Lars support because, as a Danish Iranian, I know what a big problem Islamic regimes are in both Iran and the Middle East. These Islamic codes give men the rights to do whatever they want to women and children and I think it’s disgusting. They also prevent people in Iran from discussing and saying what they want. This is what I wanted to criticise.”