Shirin Neshat: Dreamers - City of Melbourne
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 Shirin Neshat: Dreamers

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Description

Shirin Neshat (1957– ) is an Iranian-born artist and filmmaker living in New York. Since the early 1990s, her work has explored the complex relationships of femininity to Islam, representations of the Muslim faith in poetic and evocative ways, and the manner in which various social, political, religious and cultural codes shape us as individuals.

This exhibition presents Neshat’s Dreamers, a trilogy of video installations which explore the world of dreams from the perspective of three different female subjects.

The first work in the trilogy, Illusions & Mirrors 2013, features Natalie Portman as the protagonist. She is led by a blurry figure from the dream archetypes of the seashore, with crashing waves and sand dunes, to a stately home in ruin. Roja 2016, drawn from Neshat’s own recurring dreams, memories, and desires, traces an Iranian woman’s disquieting attempts at connection with American culture while reconciling her identification with her home country. The use of the uncanny is carried over into Sarah (2016), where the environment of the forest becomes a site of haunting, of the mysterious and unknowable. Sarah is both an observer and protagonist as she explores a space inhabited by processions of religious and military figures who hover between the potential of death and the mourning of life.

Neshat recreates the unstable and mesmerising space of the dream space, inviting audiences to travel with her exploring the inner lives of the women depicted.

Location

NGV International
180 St Kilda Road
Melbourne VIC 3004


Contact details

03 8620 2222
media@ngv.vic.gov.au
www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/...


Dates and times

15/11/2019 to 19/04/2020

Mon: 10am – 5pm
Tue: 10am – 5pm
Wed: 10am – 5pm
Thu: 10am – 5pm
Fri: 10am – 5pm
Sat: 10am – 5pm
Sun: 10am – 5pm

Price

This is a free event


Bookings

Not required


How to get there

Public Transport Victoria


Features

All ages


Accessibility



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