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Newsha Tavakolian, Ghazal Shakari, 2010, C-print, 23 5/8 x 31 1/2". From the series “Listen,” 2010. From “She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World.”

“She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World”

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Newsha Tavakolian, Ghazal Shakari, 2010, C-print, 23 5/8 x 31 1/2". From the series “Listen,” 2010. From “She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World.”

In the current sociopolitical climate, it is difficult to address aesthetic production emerging from the Arab world without incurring an often polarized response of benediction or ire. Formerly neglected and emerging voices from the region are now circulating in the international art market thanks to both a surge of private galleries, art fairs, biennials, and museums opening in the Middle East and a swell of interest in the West, as evidenced by exhibitions (albeit problematically titled ones) such as “Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East” at Saatchi Gallery in 2009; “Light from the Middle East: New Photography” at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2012–13; “The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art and Society,” organized by the Rutgers Institute for Women and Art in 2012;and “Come Invest in Us. You’ll Strike Gold” at the HilgerBrot-Kunsthalle in 2012. To some, these are healthy signs

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