Shirin Neshats Rebellious Silence Analysis

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Beginning in the 1960s many artists sought to express their personal philosophies or emotional passions in their work, (TOPIC). When looking at Shirin Neshats, Rebellious Silence, you see this to be true. Neshat believed that Islamic women identities were more varied and complex than many see, and because of this you see the manifest of both personal and socio-political expressions in her work When it comes to media and form and looking at the work of art, Rebellious Silence, you see a black and white photograph. And in this photograph we see symmetry from the rifle bisecting the woman’s body and face in half. She uses a simple background so all your attention is drawn to the eyes, the rifle, the women’s face, which I feel also shows the use of linter perspective.…show more content…
It shows this woman breaking away from tradition. And the use of iconography, because her traditional chador is something very recognizable for the culture and time. Also in this photo we see calligraphy across this women’s face and a rifle going through the middle from her chick to forehead. And from the textbook, “both the calligraphy and rifle seem to protect her from the viewer but they also create a sense of incomprehensibility or forgiveness that prompt us to try to categorize her,” (PG 1124). When looking at this, I was not sure what the calligraphy was about, but with the placement of the gun, I see how it shows protection and strength. I also feel as if the way she is looking straight out of this photo into the viewers eyes with determination looks as if she is ready to fight. And because of this I feel it gives it a feminist approach; where woman deserve to be equals, and deserve the same freedoms and liberties as

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