Neshat uses architecture as a cultural reference, as she walks through two distinct landscapes; one in Mardin, Turkey and the other in Albany, New York. The two films make visual the state of longing and dislocation experienced as a result of being born in one country, living in another and belonging to neither. Using dual screen projections facing one another, the
viewer is physically immersed in hauntingly beautiful imagery and evocative sound. Neshat has said that Soliloquy
‘aims to offer a glimpse into the experience of a divided self in need of repair’.
Neshat explores the ideology of Islamic society through study of the lives of women, such as those who live in her native Iran. In 2009 she was awarded the Silver Lion for Best Director at the Venice Film Festival for Women Without Men
, which Mark Kermode has described as ‘a magical realist fable with a strong political backbone’.
The project further demonstrates YSP’s commitment to the promotion of cultural understanding and engagement with diverse audiences. Associated activity includes partnership work with City of Sanctuary
for the 100th International Womens’ Day
Shirin Neshat was born in Qazvin, Iran in 1957 and left to study art in the US after leaving school. She was exiled in 1979 following the Iranian Islamic Revolution and now lives in the USA. Her work has been exhibited throughout the world and she has been working in film since 1996.