Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Shrin Neshat

In this magnificent photo “Allegiance with Wakefulness” by Shrin Neshat, the flowing written Arabic looks just like patterns ingrained onto the feet of the woman. Everything in the picture is so natural and organic, including the writing, except for the tip of the gun peeking out from between her feet, which mars the pattern of the writing with its stark, metallic surface. While the picture is unsettling because of the seeming innocence of the woman contrasted with the weapon, the image is gripping at first glance because of the calligraphy. The beauty and evenness of the script was what first captured my eye, which then was shocked by the subtle appearance of the gun.

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