“Roja,” by Shirin Neshat, is a gelatin silver print with India ink. Copyright Shirin Neshat Charles Bain Hoyt Fund and Francis Welch Fund.
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Beauty and harmony are paramount in Islamic art. These qualities are also integral to the photographs, videos and films of Shirin Neshat. Born in Iran in 1957, the New York-based artist engages the Persian aesthetic and cultural traditions of her homeland to explore the ever-changing present of Iran. Her ravishing images show women crossing boundaries and asserting power despite Islamic norms that constrict their freedom.