Title

Shirin Neshat’s Turbulent: A Look Inside Gender in Muslim Society

Lead Author Major

Speech Language Pathology

Format

Oral Presentation

Faculty Mentor Name

Merrill Schleier

Faculty Mentor Department

Visual Arts

Abstract/Artist Statement

Shirin Neshat is Iranian-born visual artist and feminist whose works provide thought- provoking insight into lives of Muslim men and women. In Neshat's video piece Turbulent (1998), she focuses on the differences between the sexes and the strict rules of interactions that have been instilled in them since birth. Turbulent brings the status of women in Iran to light and shows the ways they have been rebelling and exerting power. For this paper I employ biographical information about Shirin Neshat in order to show how her upbringing influenced her vision of the separate spheres for men and women. This is supplemented by a consideration of the cultural, social, and religious codes in Muslim countries, in particular Iran. I also examine the gender roles of men and women in the Muslim world, which clarify that, through her work, Neshat is trying to convey her belief that despite women’s limited rights, they still have a powerful voice. Finally, I conduct a formal analysis of the video in order to show that despite their separation, the fate of men and women are powerfully linked.

Location

DeRosa University Center, Room 218

Start Date

21-4-2012 1:00 PM

End Date

21-4-2012 5:00 PM

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Shirin Neshat’s Turbulent: A Look Inside Gender in Muslim Society

DeRosa University Center, Room 218

Shirin Neshat is Iranian-born visual artist and feminist whose works provide thought- provoking insight into lives of Muslim men and women. In Neshat's video piece Turbulent (1998), she focuses on the differences between the sexes and the strict rules of interactions that have been instilled in them since birth. Turbulent brings the status of women in Iran to light and shows the ways they have been rebelling and exerting power. For this paper I employ biographical information about Shirin Neshat in order to show how her upbringing influenced her vision of the separate spheres for men and women. This is supplemented by a consideration of the cultural, social, and religious codes in Muslim countries, in particular Iran. I also examine the gender roles of men and women in the Muslim world, which clarify that, through her work, Neshat is trying to convey her belief that despite women’s limited rights, they still have a powerful voice. Finally, I conduct a formal analysis of the video in order to show that despite their separation, the fate of men and women are powerfully linked.