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(American, born in Iran 1957)
Gelatin silver print
Unframed: 167.6 x 117.2 cm (66 x 46 1/8 in.); Framed: 176.8 x 127.2 cm (69 5/8 x 50 1/16 in.)
Purchased with funds donated by William and Margaret Lipscomb in celebration of the museum’s centennial 2016.59
Shirin Neshat uses photography and video to expose and challenge the role of gender in the creation of power structures and social values. Fervor is the third in a series of video installations exploring social binaries, beginning with Turbulent (1998) and Rapture (1999). It was inspired in part by Friday prayers, a vital communal practice in Islam where men and women are required to sit separately. In this still from the video, one woman and one man turn their heads toward the curtain that separates them, as if to acknowledge the other’s presence, even though they cannot see each other.
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