Roja, 2012, Shirin Neshat
A photograph houses inside it a complex balance of privacy, disclosure, artifice, truth and mystery. The relationships between private and public, concealing and revealing, are constantly in motion.
For female photographers in the Arab world, these relationships play a huge role in constructing their identities as Middle Eastern women and human beings.
Whether seen through the male gaze, the western gaze or the camera's lens, many of these women live in a reality governed by visual space. "She Who Tells A Story," a new exhibition at MFA Boston, ruptures the dominant narrative of the seen (or veiled) woman, exploring 12 females behind the camera who don't just exist in the world, but frame their own worlds. [...]
"She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World" features work from Jananne Al-Ani, Boushra Almutawakel, Gohar Dashti, Rana El Nemr, Lalla Essaydi, Shadi Ghadirian, Tanya Habjouqa, Rula Halawani, Nermine Hammam, Rania Matar, Shirin Neshat, and Newsha Tavakolian. It runs from August 27, 2013 - January 12, 2014 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
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