"Rebellious Silence" Shirin Neshat, 1994. (photo taken by C. Preston). Neshat is an Iranian visual artist living in New York, whose work deals primarily with issues of identity and sexuality for Muslim women.
Rebellious Silence, Shirin Neshat. Feminist Art of the Middle East. Politics, Society and Sexuality in Middle Eastern Feminist Art: Learning from Three Fertile Crescent Exhibitions. By Virginia Fabbri Butera, Ph.D.
Shirin Neshat, Iran. Addresses social, political psychological dimensions of women's experience in contemporary Islamic societies. She resists stereotypical representations of Islam, her artistic objectives are not explicitly polemical. Her work recognizes the complex intellectual religious forces shaping the identity of Muslim women throughout the world. Using Persian poetry calligraphy she examined concepts such as martyrdom, the space of exile, the issues of identity femininity.
Former member of Iranian women's football team 'banned from sport' after being photographed without veil. Shiva Amini said officials condemned her for playing with men and wearing shorts. She wasn't even in Iran when she took off the hijab. Women in Iran who are caught not wearing the hijab are arrested and fined by religious police. Worldwide, most Muslim women who wear the hijab do so under threat of arrest, assault, shunning, or eternal damnation if they take it off in public.
First public hanging of a woman in Iran The photographs are of Fariba Tajiani Imamgholi, 30, who was hanged on March 19, along with four men, in East Tehran's Khaksefid district. Tajiani was among hundreds of impoverished residents of Khaksefid, arrested on February 22 during a brutal raid by the State Security Forces who razed their homes and subsitence to the ground.
Photo series spans cultures to show real beauty around the world
Nasir al-Mulk, Shiraz, Iran. - Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc set out to prove how beauty crosses borders and cultures in her series called The Atlas of Beauty. In it, she captures ordinary women from different countries.