Women of Allah, 1993-1997 by Shirin Neshat
"In 1993-97, I produced my first body of work, a series of stark black-and-white photographs entitled Women of Allah, conceptual narratives on the subject of female warriors during the Iranian Islamic Revolution of 1979. On each photograph, I inscribed calligraphic Farsi text on the female body (eyes, face, hands, feet, and chest); the text is poetry by contemporary Iranian women poets who had written on the subject of martyrdom and the role of women in the Revolution.
As the artist, I took on the role of performer, posing for the photographs. These photographs became iconic portraits of willfully armed Muslim women. Yet every image, every women’s submissive gaze, suggests a far more complex and paradoxical reality behind the surface.”
God I love this artist, she’s the best one to talk about women position and giving us the message.
The first time I saw one of her photos I told myself “How wonderful” and then I looked more into those photos and figured out all the terrible thing I didn’t wanted recognize
Peace’s words of those women poets (which isn’t listened by people in the world)
In short i discovered her universe. But the subject is the woman here, she’s the one photographed here, I couldn’t tell how was her universe.
This photography is a sad ballad where you will lose yourself into her eyes and then wonder how her world can be seen in her eyes.