New York, 2 January 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
From 13 January to 11 February, the Gladstone Gallery will host artist Shirin Neshat in its New York space on 515 West 24th Street. Simply titled “Shirin Neshat”, the exhibition is the fifth that the Gladstone Gallery has dedicated to the Iranian-born artist, born in 1974, who currently lives in the United States. She will unveil her latest photographs and videos in which she tackles the notion of power in our society, especially when faced with issues in the Middle East. Neshat reveals a double inspiration by turning to both historical and contemporary sources to create metaphorical and subversive images.
The series of photographs entitled “The Book of Kings”, based on the famous epic poetry book Shahnameh (The Book of Kings), represents black and white photographs of young people from the Arab world and Iran. Neshat meticulously executed calligraphic texts and drawings taken from the Shahnameh, and from contemporary poetry by Iranian writers and prisoners, inscribed over each subject’s face and body. In her video installation, Neshat questions the social and cultural consensus that govern our time, reminding the viewer that it is sometimes the victim and often complicit in these rules and powers.
Neshat’s work has been the subject of several exhibitions in large institutions including Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City, Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Art Institute of Chicago and the Serpentine Gallery in London. In addition, the Detroit Institute of Arts is preparing a large retrospective of her work for 2013.