• Shirin Neshat

    A Loss for Words

    A Loss for Words is the first NFT collection by renowned artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat. Inspired by some of her earliest and most iconic photographs, the works in this series exist in the liminal space between still and moving images, seamlessly merging video, hand-drawn calligraphy and computer animation. In each piece, a pair of hands is shown slowly opening in a gesture of prayer, revealing a fragment of Iranian poetry written on the palms in the artist’s own script. No longer contained, the words begin to drift apart and spill gently down the palms, wrists and arms. The hands come back together and the movement repeats in a continuous cycle of revealing and letting go. Contained within “this simple, poetic, yet subversive gesture,” explains Neshat, “is the notion of one’s desire to speak—to express oneself, even if discreetly.” The collection consists of ten different texts, each selected by the artist from the work of well-known Iranian poets, including Simin Behbahani, Forugh Farrokhzad, Sohrab Sepehri, Ahmad Shamlou and Nima Yushij.

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  • Walid Raad

    Festival of Gratitude

    Artist Walid Raad presents a series of (occasionally, but rarely) lovingly crafted birthday cakes for some of the world's most toxic and/or bigger-than-life leaders.

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