women without men

Shirin Neshat, Zarin from Women Without Men, 2005

A highlight from The Andy Warhol Museum sale, which features works by artists responding to the Pop artist’s creative legacy.

Awesome Women on International Women’s Day: Shirin Neshat.

An Iranian artist whose work examines the social and cultural place for women in Islamic society, like in her “Women of Allah” visual art series. She also does performance art and works with film. Neshat directed the complicated and beautiful film, “Women Without Men,” which was an adaptation of a magical realist novel by Shahrnush Parsipur about three women in Tehran during the 1953 coup.

Shirin Neshat, Rebellious Silence, 1994. B&W RC print & ink (photo taken by Cynthia Preston); 11 x 14"/27.9 x 35.6 cm. [Via]

She had to look in a mirror. She had to see her face. There were shadows under her eyes and the veins showed on her forehead. Mr. Ehteshami had said, “How cold you are, like ice.” Now she thought, “Not like ice. I am a tree.” She could plant herself in the ground. “I’m not a seed, I’m a tree. I must plant myself.” Perhaps she would turn into a tree. She wanted to grow on the riverbank with leaves greener than the slime, and fight the battle of shades of green in the pool. If she became a tree, she would sprout new leaves. She would be covered with new leaves. She would give her new leaves to the wind. She wanted to be a tree in a warm climate. She wanted to, and it is always desire that drives one to madness.
—  Shahrnush Papsipur, Women Without Men

Women Without Men//Shirin Neshat. 2009

WOMEN WITHOUT MEN is Shirin Neshat’s independent film adaptation of Shahrnush Parsipur’s magic realist novel. The story chronicles the intertwining lives of four Iranian women during the summer of 1953; a cataclysmic moment in Iranian history when an American led, British backed coup d'état brought down the democratically elected Prime Minister, Mohammad Mossadegh, and reinstalled the Shah to power.