Allegories of Flight
Shirin Neshat’s influences include artists and filmmakers whose works embody “poetic, philosophical, and highly politically charged narratives and visual style,” and has stated that her own work—whether made in Morocco, Mexico, the United States or Iran—offers more questions than answers. Mysticism is important to Neshat’s practice and to Persian culture, where flight plays an important role as a metaphor for the freeing of the spirit. This event will include live music, poetry readings and performance featuring artists mining a plethora of themes found in Neshat’s work and Persian literature—including resistance, healing, metaphor and mysticism—to tell stories across a constellation of cultures and identities.
Renowned poets Natalie Diaz and Naomi Shihab Nye will present their work in Oculus Hall; Saint Abdullah and Davia Spain with Ahya Simone will activate the first floor lobby space with live music; and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors will perform a newly commissioned performance work in the exhibition galleries.