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Shirin Neshat —
born on March 26, 1957,
Shirin Neshat is an Iranian visual artist who lives in New York City. She is known primarily for her work in film, video and photography... (wikipedia)
I believe and support the feminist movement, but I am not generally interested in considering women's rights in relation to equality with men, or in a competition with men, but rather within their own rights and feminine space.
I'm really interested in social justice, and if an artist has a certain power of being heard and voicing something important, it's right to do it. It could still be done in such a way that it's not aggressive or overly didactic. I'm trying to find that form.
I believe we don't need to widen the divide between the West and Islam. Rather, we need to build dialogue to encourage tolerance and respect.
I'm an artist, I'm not an activist.
Being political is an integral part of being Iranian. Our lives are defined by politics.