The first artist to arrive at Westbeth last July was Hadi Nasiri. Raised in a politically active family, Nasiri was taken into custody in Iran for the first time when he was just 15. He had given a speech to his fellow students in the school library, addressing what the Quran says about the hijab and raising concerns about women’s rights. He was detained for eight hours during which authorities tied him to a table and poured boiling water over his stomach. As an outlet for his ongoing activism, he began studying and practicing art that explores themes about the relationship of religion (specifically Islam) to women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, sexuality, and political ideology.