Shirin Neshat in Detroit

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I saw Iranian American (and NY-based) artist Shirin Neshat‘s video installation Turbulent in St.Petersburg, Russia of all places, in 2000 I think it was, maybe 2001? It blew my mind (you can watch it below). It’s two screens facing each other in a large room, one room with a male singer and a male choir behind him, the other with a sole woman singing (and her singing is beyond unreal). It’s an amazing piece on gender roles and power. The Detroit Institute of Art is presenting a mid-career retrospective of her work from April 7th through July 7th. A friend of mine who lives in Detroit and has been trying to get me to come visit for years might just see me on his door step this summer.

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