Thursday, February 18, 2010

Shirin Neshat Examines Laos in Madrid Exhibit

The New York Times featured an interesting article on Iranian New Yorker Shirin Neshat, an accomplished film-maker and photographer who has an exhibit in Madrid at the moment.

The heart of the exhibit is the relationships between men and women via lam, the Laotian custom of reciting courtship songs. She's documenting the joyful interaction of elderly men and women joking, singing and teasing each other provocatively. She translated the Lam first from Laotian to English, and then into Farsi. Neshat then wrote the translation on a temple wall for the backdrop for her portraits. If you can make it to Madrid, this may be a very interesting exhibit to see.

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