A Conversation with Shirin Neshat

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Looking for Oum Kulthum

May 20, 3:00-4:30 PM

Henry Art Gallery Auditorium

Free and Public Event

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This conversation with Shirin Neshat and her recent film Looking for Oum Kulthum (2017) will be moderated by Samad Alavi (NELC) and Sonal Khullar (Art History). Born in 1957 in Qazin, Iran, Shirin Neshat is a contemporary Iranian visual artist who has done work in film, art, and photography. She left Iran before the 1979 Revolution and began studying at the University of California, Berkeley. Her films tend to be abstract and left to interpretation, revolving around themes of gender, identity, and society. Her artwork has been included at the Tate Gallery in London, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. She currently lives and works in New York.

Neshat's most recent film, Looking for Oum Kulthum (2017), will be screened at SIFF 2018 as a part of the NELC's Iranian Film Initiative.:
SATURDAY, MAY 19 6:00 PM | Lincoln Square
SUNDAY, MAY 20 11:00 AM | AMC Pacific Place

Samad Alavi is Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at the University of Washington. Sonal Khullar is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Washington. SIFF-Iranian Film Initiative is organized by a committee let by NELC faculty Shahrzad Shams and consists of community members from among Friends of NELC Persian and Iranian Studies Program.

This public event is sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, Persian and Iranian Studies Program, the School of Art + Art History + Design of the University of Washington and the Seattle International Film Festival, Iranian Film Initiative. 

Learn more about the works by Shirin Neshat in the Henry Art Gallery collection by visiting their online database

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