Los Angeles

Los Angeles

“SHIRIN NESHAT: I WILL GREET THE SUN AGAIN”

The Broad
221 S. Grand Ave.
October 19, 2019–February 16, 2020

Curated by Ed Schad

Shirin Neshat is a monument. For two and a half decades her work has graced legion exhibitions and book-length exegeses about women and artmaking in the Middle East. In her native Iran, she has inspired a million insipid copycats. In the West, she is regularly singled out as a spokesperson for the triumphs and tragedies of Muslim women. But to fixate on her monumentalization is to ignore the poetic virtues of her practice and commitment to exploring the legacies—personal and political—of revolution and exile. This exhibition, named after a poem by Forough Farrokhzad, Iran’s gloomily lusty Sylvia Plath, will bring together 150 works from the past twenty-five years, including the global debut of the artist’s newest video installation and photography series Land of Dreams. The piece spotlights a vagulous Iranian protagonist surveying a slice of the mono-cultural middle of the United States. A meditation on belonging and its opposite, it offers up a fitting fable for these times.