The Last Word

Shirin Neshat
The Last Word, 2003
Video and sound installation
Variable Dimensions

Neshat's first attempt at a more conventional narrative, The Last Word's subject is that of interrogation/condemnation of an artist and her threat to the bureaucratic establishment. Set in quite a modern and a rather Kafkaesque atmosphere, here the woman on trial is free of the Islamic Hijab. The boundary between her and the interrogator remains a long table covered with books. The Last Word can be considered Neshat's most direct and effective political work. Over the course of five days, different films from Neshat's oeuvre will be made available for 24 hours to view on the Goodman Gallery's online programme platform.