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04 December 2006 @ 06:22 pm
Shirin Neshat  

Black & white photograph with ink
Photo taken by Larry Barns
9 3/8 x 6 1/2 inches (23.8 x 16.5 cm)
Copyright Shirin Neshat 1996

Shirin Neshat, Rebellious Silence, 1994.
Silver print with hand applied calligraphy, collection James Rea.
courtesy Sun Valley Center for the Arts

Women Without Men (Untitled #1)

film still,"Logic of the Birds"
Shirin Neshat & Sussan Deyhim

Shirin Neshat was born in Qazwin, Iran in 1957 and now lives in New York City. She is a visual artist who has gained recognition for her photography, film and video installations, which she has used to express complex, philosophical ideas. Shirin Neshat has been featured in many international publications focused on her pre-occupation with the representation of feminism, the veil and the interaction between so-called traditional and modern values.

Time magazine did an article on her: http://www.time.com/time/europe/photoessays/neshat/

I find her photography and videos to be fascinating. They are both very feminist statements, as well as being firmly rooted in Persian imagery. I am not usually compelled by video art, but I sat through the entirety of Soliloquy when it was at the Carnegie International. Twice actually, since it consisted of two separate videos facing each other...