Shirin Neshat: Fervor and Turbulent

Aug. 8–Oct. 22, 2017
Boca Raton Museum of Art

This solo exhibition by photographer and filmmaker Shirin Neshat features two dual-channel films. Neshat was born in Iran 1957. She came to United States in 1975 but chose to remain in New York City after the Iranian Revolution (1978-1979). As an internationally celebrated artist known for her artistic and allegorical interpretations of Iranian culture and history, particularly from the point of view of women, concerns for her safety under the current regime have kept Neshat from visiting her native country since 1996.

Neshat’s two-channel video Turbulent (1998) focuses on gender relationships in Iran through music and performance. Despite a rich tradition of female performers in Iran, current extreme interpretation of Shi’ite law, women are not allowed to sing in public. In Turbulent, a man performs before an audience while a woman sings a wordless song alone. Fervor (2000) similarly employs two screens to depict a man and woman in the same place at the same time, unable to connect in the midst of a revolutionary Iranian culture with a negative view of love. Curated by Kathy Goncharov.

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Shirin Neshat, Turbulent, 2000, Video stills. Copyright Shirin Neshat. Courtesy of Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.

Shirin Neshat, Turbulent, 2000, Video stills. © Shirin Neshat. Courtesy of Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.

Shirin Neshat, Turbulent, 2000, Video stills. Copyright Shirin Neshat. Courtesy of Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.

Shirin Neshat, Turbulent, 2000, Video stills. © Shirin Neshat. Courtesy of Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.