Skip to main content

What does Islam Look Like? / Cotter, Holland; Koraichi R; Neshat S., 2006

Identifier: CC-44564-46717

  • Staff Only
  • Please navigate to collection organization to place requests.

Scope and Contents

This review of an exhibition at MoMA in New York states that "Rachid Koraichi , raised in a Sufi family in Algeria and now living in Paris, invents 'calligraphic' texts with Arabic characters, Chinese-style ideograms and talismanic signs, and embroiders them in gold on silk banners to creat banners for a new, universal language." Cotter also writes that "Shirin Neshat, born in Iran, turns the written word - as distinct from calligraphy, with its very particular skills - into a quasi-revolutionary instsrument in a seies of 1996 studio photographs of young women wha are dressed in traditional black veils but carry guns and have passages from erotic poetry and paeans to religious martyrdom written in Persian on their faces and hands. The artist seems to be symbolically placing political power in the hands of the kinds of veiled women who are automatically assumed by many Westerners to be oppressed victims of Islamic religious law, but who don't necessarily see themselves that way at all." Works by Koraichi and Neshat are held by the Sackner Archive. -- Source of annotation: Marvin or Ruth Sackner.


  • Creation: 2006



0 See container summary (1 newspaper article (clipping)) ; 56 x 34 cm

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Physical Location

office small no

Custodial History

The Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, on loan from Ruth and Marvin A. Sackner and the Sackner Family Partnership.


Published: New York : The New York Times. Nationality of creator: American. General: Added by: RUTH; updated by: MARVIN.

Repository Details

Part of the The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry Repository

125 W. Washington St.
Main Library
Iowa City Iowa 52242 United States