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Shirin Neshat, FF Alumn, at Castello di Rivoli, Jan 30-May 5, 2002.

Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to present:
Shirin Neshat, Curated by Giorgio Verzotti
Francesco Vezzoli, Curated by Marcella Beccaria
January 30 - May 5, 2002
contact: press@castellodirivoli.org
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Shirin Neshat
January 30 - May 5, 2002
Curated by Giorgio Verzotti
Catalogue by Charta, Milan
Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art is devoting a large solo exhibition to the work of Shirin Neshat. Curated by Giorgio Verzotti, the exhibition includes four video installations, the most recent of which, Pulse, Possessed and Passage, are being shown for the first time in Italy, and a selection of photographic works.

Neshat, of Iranian origin (born in Qazvin in 1957) but a resident of the United States for over twenty years, has chosen video and photography to explore themes of great topical interest, such as the condition of women, relationships between the sexes, social censorship, diversity and marginalization, violence and madness. Since the 'Nineties she has traveled to Iran to see her family, after twelve years of absence due to the political upheavals in her country. These visits have allowed her to maintain relationships with the Eastern world, witnessed from a different perspective from the progressive political and social change imposed on her country by the theocratic regime.

Thus her poetics are focused on a reflection upon the relationships between her native culture and the Western culture to which she now considers herself assimilated. Influenced by contemporary Iranian cinema, particularly the work of Abbas Kiarostami, she creates a form of "minimalist narration," as the artist calls it, but with great visual impact. The analysis that the artist achieves in her works is delineated with a lucid and at the same time poetic perspective. The four video installations are presented in the spaces on the third floor of the Castello, each installed in its own room. Rapture (1999, 13'), inspired by a tale by the Iranian woman writer Ravanan'puri and shot on the coast of Morocco, consists of a black and white video projection on two facing screens. The video is devoted to the theme of sexual identity in relationship to opposing concepts of culture and nature in Islamic countries. Pulse (2001, 8'30"), shot in black and white, introduces the public for the first time to the interior world of the closed off, private space of an Islamic woman. The artist has called this video "a black on black painting."* Possessed (2001, 9'30") explores with black and white images the drama of madness, which represents chaos and the transgression of social order, and the marginalized condition that results. The actors in the video are the inhabitants of Essaouira in Morocco.

For Passage (2001, 11'30"), shot in color in the desert of Morocco, Neshat collaborated for the first time with the American composer Philip Glass, who wrote the soundtrack. The video is dedicated to a meditation on the universal theme of death and on the ritual of burying or the return of the body to the earth, a motif in nearly all cultures.

In the large room on the third floor of the Castello a selection of sixteen large-scale photographic works also will be shown. Both in black and white and color, these are taken from videos made between 1998 and 2001.

The exhibition catalogue, published by Charta, contains critical essays by Hamid Dabashi, RoseLee Goldberg and Giorgio Verzotti, images of the exhibited works and biographical-bibliographical material.

In conjunction with the exhibition, in March the Museo Nazionale del Cinema will show a collection of Iranian films from the 'Nineties, at the Cinema Massimo in Turin. Most of the films in this series, organized by Francesco Bernardelli, have never before been seen in Italy.

* R.L. Goldberg, Shirin Neshat, exhibition catalogue, Castello di Rivoli, 2002.
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Newly published by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Outer & Inner Space, a book that explores how video art addresses the interplay between external reality and internal states of mind. The installation pieces of three young artists - Pipilotti Rist, Shirin Neshat, and Jane & Louise Wilson - are explored in reference to other pioneering video artists and to the field of art as a whole.

Each of the three sections spotlights a large piece by one of the three featured artists giving importance to the newcomers by comparing them to the works of those who preceeded them. Each of the three central works is illustrated with color plates and is supplemented by stills of the videos and installation images. They are followed by pictures and commentary on the works that form the frame for video art. The book includes essays by Laura Cottingham, Eleanor Heartney, Jonathan Knight Crary, and John Ravenal, the curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

To order please contact the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Publishing Department:1-800-943-8632.

For full information about the book and the show please click below:
http://www.vmfa.state.va.us/video_space.html

Approx. 112 pp. w 82 b&w and 95 color illustrations, index, bibliography
$34.95 paperback