nomads i claudette van de rakt & mitra jashni
The project The art of integration brought together the artists Claudette van de Rakt (The Netherlands) and Mitra Jashni (Iran) an led to the joint installation Nomads. What a coincidence: Claudette learned cycling on the sidewalk of the house where Mitra now lives, in Baarle-Nassau. For Mitra the bike stands for the freedom and imagination of her childhood in Iran. There, cycling for women is almost impossible and even banned by hardline islamists. The bicycle itself is from India - at one time for a part belonging to the Persian Empire – and assembled to Dutch standards from the best parts available. The fabric of the skirt refers to the Persian Qajar Dynasty, a period in which women were totally invisible.