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Frayed Connections, Fraught Projections: The Troubling Work of Shirin Neshat.

Moore, L. C. (2002) Frayed Connections, Fraught Projections: The Troubling Work of Shirin Neshat. Women: A Cultural Review, 13 (1). pp. 1-17.

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Abstract

Moore discusses the work of visual artist Shirin Neshat exhibited at the Serpentine Gallery, London, from July to September 2000, which comprised the photographic series Women of Allah and the video installation trilogy Turbulent, Rapture and Fervor . Her emphasis is on the way in which Neshat's work addresses the critical issues of positioning, representation and cross-cultural reception. The exhibition was marketed as referring to 'the social, cultural, and religious codes of Muslim societies in general, and Iranian society in particular'. Moore argues, however, that the images tend to project a departicularized cultural context that encourages a neo-orientalist interpretation. She first analyses Women of Allah in terms of symbolic projections of womanhood during the Islamic revolution in Iran and in light of post-revolutionary gendered realities. A critique is also mounted of Neshat'snostalgic self-investment in the revolutionary scene. In a discussion of the later video trilogy, Moore disentangles gendered and cross-cultural binaries in order to theorize the space between the dual screens. Her conclusion is that this intermediate space figures the ambivalence of a displaced cultural perspective. As such, it forces a spectatorial enactment of the frayed or troubled connections that the artist makes between two cultural locales.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Women: A Cultural Review
Additional Information: RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : English Language and Literature
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ambivalence ; Cross-CULTURAL Translation ; Displaced Perspective ; Iranian Women ; Representations Of Islam ; Shirin Neshat ; Visual Arts
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > English & Creative Writing
ID Code: 3848
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 06 Mar 2008 09:15
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:58
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3848

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