Shirin Neshat




This catalogue was published for Shirin Neshat exhibition curated by Heinz Peter Schwerfel held at the Dirimart Nişantaşı on May 10–June 15, 2013. It features 14 photographs of “mourners” from The Book of Kings series of the artist together with a text by Heinz Peter Schwerfel and a piece by poet Jalal ad-din Muhammad Rumi.
Neshat’s “Mourners” from her The Book of Kings series, inspired by the epic Shahnameh by Ferdowsi (940-1020), are based on portraits of individuals residing in the slums of Cairo, where the promise of freedom and democracy following the uprising against the Mubarak regime failed to materialize. Inscribed with Persian handwriting, the artist’s black and white portraits confront the viewer with human bodies that face a struggle against hegemony in this overly politicized region marked by covert violence and suppression. Schwerfel said, “This art, beyond the political engagement of Iran’s Green Movement and the mystique of the Arab Spring, is shaped by two opposing rhetorical systems that currently feud with each other on a global scale.”

Curator: Heinz Peter Schwerfel
Turkish, English
Text: Heinz Peter Schwerfel
Translation: Niyazi Zorlu, Sarah Trenker
Translation of poem of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi: Abdülbaki Gölpınarlı, Iraj Anvar
Proofreading: Tankut Aykut
Photography: Larry Barns
Design: Atelier Neşe Nogay
2013, Istanbul, Dirimart
68 pages | Four Color, Illustrated, Hardcover
Barcode: 9786055815271

Additional information

Weight 0.76 kg
Dimensions 33.7 × 23 cm

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