Zaha Hadid Portrait by Miramar Muh’d in Jabal Amman, Jordan

Miramar Muh’d

Jordan is considered modern, open and safe, especially if it is compared to other countries in the Middle East, and indeed it sees the peaceful coexistance of Christian, Jews and Muslim population. This progressive image of the country does not match with the reality, there are inequalities and injustices, and also personal freedom are restricted. In this setting, very important is the art scene which tries to express itself opposing to the conservative Islamic principles.

Amman is a beige city dominated by the view of thousand plain parallelepipeds and its limestone apartments that saw, in the last years, a splash of colours due to the street art scene. In 2013 a group of artists from Al Balad Theatre started a street art project, Baladk Street & Urban Art Festival, to show through art, social and political facts. The basic concept behind was to find a way to give voice to the citizenship and at the same time power. From 25th April to 2nd May 2019 it took place the 7th edition of Baladk Festival that chose as theme the inclusion, to investigate as differences can be transformed, through listening and understanding, into an instrument for inclusion. Jordanian artist Miramar Muh’d joint into the festival with an astonish portrait of Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, realised in Jabal Amman. She decided to paint Zaha Hadid as a symbol for women, she was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize in its 26-year history, stressing the importance of recognising her work, especially in this part of the world where there is still discrimination against women.

 

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