Fron June 6 to 13, from 9.00am to 7.00pm, B2 Building Atrium, Campus Bovisa, Via Candiani 72
On 6 June, the School of Design of the Politecnico di Milano held a Performance dedicated to the Flying Magic Carpet for Liberty, a carpet printed in the style of Persian carpets whose decorations are the collection of 500 names among the victims of the protests in Iran.
The spectator, who from afar was able to admire the gracefulness of the print of the world-famous decorations, came to recognise the tragic matrix of the design as they approached.
Flying Magic Carpet for Liberty, designed by Elena Baharlouei, a student of Politecnico di Milano, with Professor Anna Barbara, is indeed a tribute to the victims of the protests in Iran, which broke out after the killing of Jina Mahsa Amini in Tehran. More than 500 people were killed and more than 20,000 arrested during the demonstrations of the Women, Life, Freedom movement, and still months later, the repression continues unabated.
During the performance, guests were able to tie their messages to the many loops placed around the edges of the large carpet to show solidarity with Iranian women's demand for freedom.
At the Politecnico di Milano, many Iranian students have expressed the need to contribute in a civil way to the condemnation of repression and support of their people, and have found a response in the Design Against War - DAW initiative launched in March 2022 precisely to give voice to projects, ideas and activities against all forms of war and aggression.
Launched by the Design System of the Politecnico di Milano, DAW has progressively become an initiative promoted by several universities and organisations.
DAW now promotes the Flying Magic Carpet for Liberty to underline the design community's rejection of war and all forms of violence and repression against freedom of thought and expression, in favour of projects for building peace, emancipation and freedom.
The carpet will be on display until 13 June 2023.
Like every flying carpet, Flying Magic Carpet for Liberty will continue to tour the squares of Europe, witnessing the solidarity of the design community with the Women, Life, Freedom movement.
The carpet was produced and sponsored by the Publionda Group (www.gpo.it).