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Shirin Neshat in London

Shirin Neshat
28 July - 3 September 2000 at the Serpentine Gallery
Kensington Gardens London W2 3XA

"Born in Iran in 1957, Shirin Neshat studied art in the United States and was in Los Angeles when the revolution of 1979 overtook her country. returning for the first time in 1990, she was deeply affected by her homeland's radical transformation. Working in photography and video installation, her art refers to the social, cultural and religious codes of Muslim societies in general and Iranian society in particular.

"Apart from the graphic appeal of Neshat's stark and minimal composition, the power of her work lies in its resistance to one-sided interpretation: does it represent an opposition to fundamentalism or does it question Western myths regarding Islam? The emotional pitch of the work is intensified by original music composed and performed by the Iranian musician and singer Sussan Deyhim.

"This exhibition has been organised in collaboration with the Kunsthalle Wien and presents Neshat's trilogy: Turbulent (1998), Rapture (1999) and Fervor (2000) as well as a selection of photographs from her series Women of Allah (1993-1997). Neshat's work has been the subject of major one-person exhibitions in the United States and Europe and she was a winner of a Golden Lion Award at the 1999 Venice Biennale." [Taken from the Gallery's publicity material]

Over the six-weeks of the exhibition, several artists and critics provide visitors with an informal introduction to the work in the Shirin Neshat exhibition, including the artist herself who will speak on Saturday 29 July, at 3pm. Admission Free.


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