The exhibition features a new body of photography works and a video installation by the internationally acclaimed Iranian artist. Her work interweaves an austere yet sensuous visual language with music, poetry, and history, as well as the political and philosophical.
Neshat's new photography series 'The Book of Kings' is inspired by the 60,000-verse epic poem, Shahnameh (Book of Kings), by the 11th century poet Ferdowsi, which chronicled the history of Iran through the 7th century Islamic conquest of Persia. Interweaving history, poetry and politics, the series is set against the backdrop of the recent Arab Spring, and the Iranian Green Movement, which brought hundreds of thousands onto the streets across Iran in June of 2009 in protest against corrupt power. Just as Shahnameh cast the Islamic conquest of Persia as a tragedy, so 'The Book of Kings' commemorates the countless masses of unknown citizens who courageously sacrificed themselves in the name of justice across the Middle East and Arab world.
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