Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Gish Prize

Shirin Neshat an Iranian-born artist has won the 2006 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize. Gish Prize is one of the most important awards in arts (Visual or Dramatic arts). Neshat first become famous for her series of photographs called “Women of Allah” which were exhibited around the world over and over. Most of her works present the impact of fait and its effect on women in Muslim World. Ingmar Bergman and Peter Sellars are among other artists who won Gish Prize.

I think Her attitude towards women is more of a reflection of a presentation. That’s why I think her images are beautiful but not engaging enough and the women in her photos are the idea of a Muslim woman and nothing more. On that base I like Mona Hatoum’s approach toward gender/women issues (in Islamic societies) more than Neshat’s presentation of them.

Logic of the Brids, Shirin Neshat, 2001, Performance Art

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