Shirin Neshat | 1999 | 5 min | Excerpt
Rapture is an allegorical investigation into Islamic law’s effects on gender politics and daily life. In the work, Shirin Neshat takes on entrenched gender stereotypes by placing the men in a structured, architectural fortress and the women in a wild, natural desert. The installation shows how established beliefs and presumptions can flourish in social and religious systems, emphasizing that these deep-rooted dynamics profoundly impact all people, indiscriminate of gender.
Shirin Neshat is a contemporary Iranian visual artist best known for her work in photography, video, and film,which explore the contrasts between Islam and the West, femininity and masculinity, public life and private life, antiquity and modernity, and bridging the spaces between these subjects.