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“Roja,” by Shirin Neshat, is a gelatin silver print with India ink. Copyright Shirin Neshat Charles Bain Hoyt Fund and Francis Welch Fund.

“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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Examining the beauty and harmony of Islamic artist Shirin Neshat

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.