Rapture Series

Shirin Neshat
Rapture Series, 1999
Cibachrome print
Work: 101.6 x 152.4 cm

This photograph is taken from the film Rapture, which was filmed in Morocco and which consists of two opposing projections, separating and visually polarising men and women. Rapture exists as a poignant reflection on the rootless, unsettled psychology of exile. As an Iranian expatriate living in the United States, Neshat maintains a critical distance that has allowed her to locate both the poetics and the power of the veil. At the same time she celebrates the strength and beauty of Islamic women, she remains keenly aware of the horrors of repression.