Τρίτη, 22 Μαΐου 2012

WOMEN WITHOUT MEN - MAHDOKHT



Shirin Neshat: Women without Men 2005

Shirin Neshat, an Iranian-American artist
based in New York, is one of the most significant
contemporary artists working today.
Having achieved international renown as a photographer in the 1990s with her stark and visually arresting photographic series Women of Allah, Neshat has since shifted her focus towards the more fluid and complex media of video and film.
Producing and directing a feature film is a departure for Neshat,
who was born in Iran and now lives in New York City. She began her career as a photographer before drawing widespread attention as an innovative video artist.
(See "Shirin Neshat: Pursuing a Dream.")
"She has accomplished a quality of composition and image construction at the highest artistic level," wrote New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldah.
"Neshat's elegant two-screen meditations ... emit an icy heat of suppressed passions; they are among the first undoubtable masterpieces of video installation."
During the lengthy process of making
Women Without Men, Neshat released two parts as short videos:
Mahdokht (2004) and Zarin (2005).
On an American television program, The Charlie Rose Show, Neshat said, "I'm hoping for an understanding of Islamic culture that suggests complexity. My work simply raises questions as opposed to answering them, leaving a level of ambiguity. ... It is both a realistic picture of the culture but also has a level of emotion and mysticism and an idea of beauty."

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Μεταξύ εικαστικών τεχνών και κινηματογράφου κινείται στην καινούργια της δουλειά η βραβευμένη στην Μπιενάλε της Βενετίας Ιρανή Shirin Neshat.
Τα έργα της, πέντε βιντεοεγκαταστάσεις και μία αυτόνομη μεγάλου μήκους ταινία,
παρουσιάζονται για πρώτη φορά στην Αθήνα
στο Εθνικό Μουσείο Σύγχρονης Τέχνης κάτω από τον τίτλο
«Women without Men».
Η έκθεση είναι αφιερωμένη στη γυναικεία ελευθερία,
στην Ιστορία της χώρας της και στον πολιτισμό.
Οι πέντε βιντεοεγκαταστάσεις μάς ξεναγούν
στα ταραγμένα για το Ιράν χρόνια των αρχών της δεκαετίας του ‘50,
μέσα από τις ιστορίες ισάριθμων γυναικών
που διεκδικούν τον απαγορευμένο καρπό της ελευθερίας.
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