Shirin Neshat, ‘Untitled from "Women of Allah" series’, 1995, Christie's

SYRI-ARTS: SAVING A GENERATION THROUGH EDUCATION

signed, titled, dated and numbered ‘1/10’ in ink (verso)
image: 13 x 8 ½ in. (33 x 21.6 cm.)
sheet: 13 7/8 x 10 7/8 in. (35.2 x 27.6 cm.)
This work is number one from an edition of ten.

From the Catalogue:
This work is being sold to benefit the Friends of Kayany, a U.S. public charity that supports schools for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon. Working closely with the Kayany Foundation, Friends of Kayany has helped provide schooling for more than 3,500 refugee children living in Informal Tented Settlements. These schools provide education, crucial nutritional support, clothing and medical aid to some of the most vulnerable children in the world.
—Courtesy of Christie's

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Donated by the artist.

About Shirin Neshat

Internationally acclaimed artist Shirin Neshat takes on loaded themes in photography, film, and video works that delve into issues of gender, identity, and politics in Muslim countries, and the relationship between the personal and political. Her film Women without Men (2009), which won the prestigious Silver Lion award at the Venice Film Festival, follows four women—including a political activist, a prostitute, and a would-be mother—set in the context of 1950s Iran and featuring surreal elements to convey the psychological states of her characters. More recently Neshat has collaborated with American artist Larry Barns, taking portrait photographs of elderly, low-income Egyptian workers, including mechanics, street peddlers, teachers, grandmothers, and housewives, exploring the hardship experienced by individuals living under tumultuous regimes. “Today, again in the comfort of my sanctuary in New York, I look back and wonder how they are,” she says. “What is the future for Egypt? Is there any hope for return of that revolutionary fervor which seemed so pure, beautiful, and powerful?” Neshat has also collaborated with composer Philip Glass and the singer-songwriter Sussan Deyhim.

Iranian, b. 1957, Qazvin, Iran, based in New York, New York