THE ARTIST ON HER WORK
In Islam a woman's body has been historically a type of battleground for various kinds of rhetoric and political ideology.
Much about a culture and its identity can be gleaned from the status and circumstances of its women, such as the roles they play in the society, the rights they enjoy or don't, and the dress codes to which they adhere. Also, a Muslim woman projects more intensely the paradoxical realities that I am trying to identify. Each image is constructed to magnify contradiction.
The traditionally feminine traits such as beauty and innocence on one hand and cruelty, violence, and hatred on the other coexist within the complex structure of Islam itself.
Director Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari
DoP Martin Gschlacht
Music Ryuichi Sakamoto
Editing Aaron Yanes
Production Design Shahram Karimi
Costume Design Thomas Oláh
Producers Barbara Gladstone, Jerome de Noirmont