|Iranian-American filmmaker Shirin Neshat presents her latest works: the new video Overruled (2012) and the new photographic series The Book of Kings (2012). |
Overruled is a shortened film version of the theatrical performance she directed with Shoja Azari in November 2011 in New York as part of the Performa 11 Festival. The Book of Kings features black and white portraits covered with calligraphic texts and drawings, divided into three groups representing the Masses, the Patriots, the Villains. The title is actually taken directly from the Shahnameh ("Book of Kings"), a long and mythical Persian poem written by the poet Ferdowsi between the years 977 and 1010. In 60,000 verses, it narrates the history of Iran from the creation of the world until the Islamic conquest of Persia in the 7th century.
Born in Iran in 1957, Shirin Neshat emigrated to the United States at age 17 to attend the University of California at Berkeley. In 1986, she returned to Iran for the first of several visits and found the country transformed by the Islamic Revolution. Her resulting sense of displacement and exile inspired her to create works that investigate the collision of tradition and modernity in the East and West within an increasingly globalized world. According to Neshat, she engages in "universal dialogues while keeping within the specificity of the Islamic culture."
Shirin Neshat lives and works in New York.
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