Shirin Neshat is an Iranian-born artist and filmmaker based in New York. Her photographs, videos and films combine poetic, politically-charged images with narratives questioning issues of power, religion, race and gender as seen through the lens of her personal experiences as an Iranian woman living in exile.
"This animation is my first effort in creating a work that bridges my interest in still photography and the moving picture. In 'A Loss for Words' we use a similar approach and aesthetic as my earliest photographs, with calligraphy inscribed in the palms of hands, yet the progressive movement reveals and then exerts the words." Shirin Neshat, Offerings (2019). Photogravure with black foiling.
"The notion of one’s desire to ‘speak,’ to ‘express’ even if discreetly, in a culture of dictatorship such as in my country Iran, is created in a simple, poetic yet subversive gesture. The inscribed poems are by several different Iranian poets, including Nima Yushij, Forugh Farrokhzad, Sohrab Sepehri, Ahmad Shamlou and Simin Behbahani." Still from 'A Loss for Words' (2022)