Untitled, from Women of Allah series, 1995
LE silver gelatin print
Work: 152.4 x 101.6 cm
Shirin Neshat’s photographic series 'Women of Allah' examine the complexities of women’s identities, both through their personal and public lives. The series also explores notions of femininity in relation to Islamic fundamentalism and militancy in her home country of Iran. This is done both through the lens of Western representations of Muslim women and through the more intimate subject of personal and religious conviction. This particular image was one of only a few taken by Neshat in Iran during one of her last trips. She was inspired by photographs from the Qajar period, which tended to have similar backdrops.