Archive: Art in Iran
Who Is Shirin Abedinirad?

Who Is Shirin Abedinirad?

Shirin Abedinirad - Evocation 3
Shirin Abedinirad – Evocation, 2013, Isfahan / Central desert, Iran

Around the world, artists have experimented with optical illusions. Amongst them is Iranian artist Shirin Abedinirad. Born in 1986 Tabriz, Iran, she started with a passion for painting, partially inspired by her parents. Both of them highly encouraged her to pursue art as part of her life.

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Shirin Neshat captures the faces of the Arab Spring riots

Shirin Neshat captures the faces of the Arab Spring riots

Shirin Neshat - Installation view of The Book of Kings at Faurschou Foundation Beijing. Photo by Jonathan Leijonhufvud 1
Shirin Neshat – Installation view of The Book of Kings at Faurschou Foundation Beijing
Photo by Jonathan Leijonhufvud

The Gladstone Gallery and the Faurschou Foundation in Beijing, China are just some of the art spaces that have had the pleasure of exhibiting Shirin Neshat’s The Book of Kings. The exhibition consisted of a total of 56 black and white photos framed in unmated and black frames that were hung across the two galleries. Neshat, “persona non grata” in Iran due to her art, created the photographs to reference a broad array of important and modern political metaphors.

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Veiled women in their traditional Islamic attire – Shirin Neshat

Veiled women in their traditional Islamic attire – Shirin Neshat

Shirin Neshat - Rapture, 1999, Gelatin silver print, 108x171.5cm
Shirin NeshatRapture, 1999, gelatin silver print, 108×171.5cm

The Rapture is a projection of black and white video where Iranian artist Shirin Neshat gives a narrative that concerns the differences between Muslim women and men. Neshat has used the video projection to explore the cultural and social role of women in the Islamic World and shot the work in Morocco with a cast that included hundreds of participants.

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Abbas Kowsari’s surprising photos of veiled female police squad in Iran

Abbas Kowsari’s surprising photos of veiled female police squad in Iran

Abbas Kowsari - Police Women Academy, 2006

Abbas Kowsari - Police Women Academy, 2006
Abbas KowsariPolice Women Academy, 2006

In 2003 the first females ever graduated from Iran’s police academy in the capital city Tehran, after undergoing a training of three years. Spiritual leader Ayatollah Khamenei himself had to give permission to Tehran’s police chief Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf to create the first all-female police unit.

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This is how conflict tastes – Conflict Kitchen

This is how conflict tastes – Conflict Kitchen

Conflict Kitchen: Cuban, Iranian, Afghan, Venezuelan

Conflict Kitchen: Cuban, Iranian, Afghan, Venezuelan
Conflict Kitchen: Cuban, Iranian, Afghan and Venezuelan takeouts, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

About Conflict Kitchen

Conflict Kitchen is a unique restaurant in Pittsburgh focusing on one nation at a time, serving dishes from countries with which the United States is currently in conflict. Each Conflict Kitchen version is amplified by profound events, performances, publications, and discussions that strive to expand the public’s engagement with the culture, politics, and issues that the country of focus deals with.

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