Shirin Neshat ( Iranian, 1957 )

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General Description

In this 17 and a half minute video, Shirin Neshat positions the viewer between a pair of life-size, parallel projected narratives that depict two seemingly different worlds: an ancient Middle Eastern palace and a modernist white building. The same veiled woman appears in both projections, creating a mirroring effect and in turn conjuring themes of exile, identity, and place.

Adapted from

Anna Katherine Brodbeck, ed., TWO X TWO X TWENTY: Two Decades Supporting Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art), 2018, 42.

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