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HOME FRONT: Shadi Ghadirian's Domestic Life (2002) challenges the stereotypical role of women as housewives in Iranís social order

Thursday, May. 6, 2004
When Shirin Neshat's photographs and films of Iranian women in chadors propelled her to international prominence in the 1990s, she didn't mind that her work was little known in her own country. After her privately screened films provoked extreme reactions — from enthusiasm to outright denunciation — she preferred to keep a low profile. But her country is catching up with her. Last year Neshat's work was publicly exhibited in Tehran for the first time, and her conceptual 12-minute film Tooba (2003), a poetic fable about a Persian woman who thinks she is a tree,...