Hassan, from Our House Is on Fire series

Shirin Neshat
Hassan, from Our House Is on Fire series, 2013
Digital c-print and ink
Work: 152.4 x 121.9 cm

The series 'Our House is on Fire' captures the tremendous collective sense of despair in Egypt soon after the revolutions of the Arab Spring. Like many of Shirin Neshat’s works, this series consists of portraits and details of hands and feet, capturing emotions that are at once individual and universal. Neshat describes this project as one of her ‘most important artistic experiences to date’. The title of the series comes from the opening line of a poem by Iranian poet Mehdi Akhavan Sales: ‘My house is on fire, soul burning’.