She Who Tells A Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World

Elisabetta Marabotto of Saffronart shares a note on the current exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Untitled #5 Gohar Dashti, Untitled #5, 2008. Chromogenic print. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie White Project, Paris. Copyright Gohar Dashti.

Untitled #5
Gohar Dashti, Untitled #5, 2008. Chromogenic print. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie White Project, Paris. Copyright Gohar Dashti. Image Credit: http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/she-who-tells-story

London: The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is currently hosting “She Who Tells A Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World”, the first exhibition of its kind in North America.

Dont Forget This Is Not You (for Sahar Lotfi) Newsha Tavakolian, Dont Forget This Is Not You (for Sahar Lotfi), 2010. Chromogenic print mounted on aluminum. Courtesy of the artist and East Wing Contemporary Gallery.

Dont Forget This Is Not You (for Sahar Lotfi)
Newsha Tavakolian, Dont Forget This Is Not You (for Sahar Lotfi), 2010. Chromogenic print mounted on aluminum. Courtesy of the artist and East Wing Contemporary Gallery. Image Credit: http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/she-who-tells-story

The exhibition, curated by Kristen Gresh, includes the works of twelve women photographers from Iran and the Arab World: Jananne Al-Ani, Boushra Almutawakel, Gohar Dashti, Rana El Nemr, Lalla Essaydi, Shadi Ghadirian, Tanya Habjouqa, Rula Halawani, Nermine Hammam, Rania Matar, Shirin Neshat, and Newsha Tavakolian.

Roja Shirin Neshat, Roja, 2012. Photograph, gelatin silver print with India ink. Charles Bain Hoyt Fund and Francis Welch Fund. Copyright Shirin Neshat.

Roja
Shirin Neshat, Roja, 2012. Photograph, gelatin silver print with India ink. Charles Bain Hoyt Fund and Francis Welch Fund. Copyright Shirin Neshat. Image Credit: http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/she-who-tells-story

The artists through their artworks, which range from fine art to photojournalism, questioned the traditional and contemporary perceptions of Middle Eastern identity providing insights into the current political and social issues.

Metro #7 Rana El Nemr, Metro #7, 2003. Chromogenic print. Museum purchase with general funds and the Abbott Lawrence Fund.

Metro #7
Rana El Nemr, Metro #7, 2003. Chromogenic print. Museum purchase with general funds and the Abbott Lawrence Fund. Image Credit: http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/she-who-tells-story

“Their works tell stories that evoke a range of emotion, challenge our perception, and present the Middle East with a fresh perspective.”said Malcolm Rogers, Ann and Graham Gund Director of the MFA.

Bullet Revisited #3 Lalla Assia Essaydi, Bullet Revisited #3, 2012. Triptych, three chromogenic prints on aluminum. Courtesy of the artist, Miller Yezerski Gallery Boston, and Edwynn Houk Gallery NYC.

Bullet Revisited #3
Lalla Assia Essaydi, Bullet Revisited #3, 2012. Triptych, three chromogenic prints on aluminum. Courtesy of the artist, Miller Yezerski Gallery Boston, and Edwynn Houk Gallery NYC. Image Credit: http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/she-who-tells-story

“Reflecting on the power of politics and the legacy of war, the photographs in this exhibition challenge Western notions about the ‘Orient,’ examine the complexities of identity, and redefine documentary as a genre,” said curator Kristen Gresh, who was first exposed to this work while living abroad for 15 years, teaching history of photography in Paris and Cairo.

Alia, Beirut, Lebanon Rania Matar, Alia, Beirut, Lebanon, 2010. Pigment Print. Courtesy of the artist and Carroll and Sons, Boston. © Rania Matar.

Alia, Beirut, Lebanon
Rania Matar, Alia, Beirut, Lebanon, 2010. Pigment Print. Courtesy of the artist and Carroll and Sons, Boston. © Rania Matar. Image Credit: http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/she-who-tells-story

The exhibition will be on until January 12 and you can find here more information about the show and its related events.

Women of Gaza 3 Tanya Habjouqa, Women of Gaza 3, 2009. Museum purchase with general funds and the Horace W. Goldsmith Fund for Photography. © Tanya Habjouqa.

Women of Gaza 3
Tanya Habjouqa, Women of Gaza 3, 2009. Museum purchase with general funds and the Horace W. Goldsmith Fund for Photography. © Tanya Habjouqa. Image Credit: http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/she-who-tells-story

Also you can read more information about the artists here.

 

 

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