Forough Farrokhzad has been an important inspiration to Neshat, perhaps most directly in The Last Word which depicts the interrogation of a female writer whose work has been deemed dangerous by a brutal bureaucratic establishment. A chilling testament to the power of art, The Last Word culminates with a searing recitation of Farrokhzad’s poetry. —http://muslimvoicesfestival.org/event/shirin-neshat-house-black
Shirin Neshat شيرين نشأت (born March 26, 1957 in Qazvin, Iran) is a contemporary visual artist who lives in New York. She is known primarily for her work in film, video and photography.
Neshat’s parents were upper middle-class. Her father was a well-respected physician and her mother a homemaker. She grew up in a westernized household that adored the Shah of Iran and his ideologies. Neshat has stated about her father, “He fantasized about the west, romanticized the west, and slowly rejected all of his own values; both my parents did. What happened, I think, was that their identity slowly dissolved, they exchanged it for comfort. It served their class”. As a part of Neshat’s “Westernization” she was enrolled in a Catholic boarding school in Tehran. She found the environment cold and hostile in comparison to her caring family.
Through her father’s acceptance of Western ideologies came an acceptance of a form of western feminism. Neshat’s father encouraged his daughters to… read more