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Women of Allah / Neshat, Shirin., 1997

Identifier: CC-32690-34276

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Scope and Contents

This book consists of photographic reproductions of photographic portraits done by Neshat that feature Iranian women with calligraphic poetic texts written in Farsi on their uncovered body parts. The first photographic reproduction in this book is entitled "I Am Its Secret" and is held by the Sackner Archive. It is a portrait of Neshat's covered head, wrapped in a black chador, with only her eyes and nose exposed. Her skin is covered with black and red Farsi text written in a circular pattern.In an introductory essay, Francesco Bonami writes that "all the work of Shirin Nesht develops along the border where bigotry and spirituality touch but don't merge." She politicizes the oriental woman who gazes with a seductive innocence that is at the same time extraordinarily shrewd. As the writer Hamid Dabashi states, "From the verbal to the visual, Shirin Neshat turns the body into the written and photographed page of a banned book." -- Source of annotation: Marvin or Ruth Sackner.


  • Creation: 1997



0 See container summary (1 soft cover book (100 pages)) ; 33.9 x 24 x 1.2 cm

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Physical Location

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Custodial History

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


Published: Turin, Italy : Marco Noir Editore. Nationality of creator: Iranian. General: Added by: RED; updated by: MARVIN.

Repository Details

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

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