Art and technology have been proven to be powerful tools that can challenge long-held perceptions, increase awareness and bridge gaps. Shahriar Asdollah-zadeh, a New Zealander of Iranian descent, coupled both to create an artwork meant to raise awareness on the persecution of the Baha’i minority in Iran.

One of the most powerful aspects of Shahriar’s innovative project was the involvement of participants from across the globe. Individuals were encouraged to submit photographs of themselves holding placards that protest the persecution of Baha’is in Iran and the images were then used to create the artwork.

Shahriar was recently featured in TVNZ, where he spoke of his motivation and vision.

Shahriar has embarked on his next artwork in which participants send in a text message that reads:

“World Art Collective. Human rights violations directed towards the Bahais in Iran must cease. Stop the persecution by creating awareness about this injustice. “

We encourage our readers to get involved with his ambitious artwork and join their voices with hundreds across the world in demanding respect for the rights of Baha’is in Iran.