A video work should, in principal, have no place in this edition of the Biennial, dedicated to the theme of the art of light in itself, not the representation of light. All the works exhibited here are supposed to employ light as support, material, form or content. This, however, does not include certain manifestations of light, such as those relating to its negative dimension, to that which announces the destruction, the annihilation of life and the world. The brightest light is the light of death. This is what we see in this video by Shirin Neshat, which represents the essence of the light of war, the light of darkness. The light of darkness is the light of the past and the menacing light of the future.
Teixeira Coelho | Curator
Shirin Neshat has lived in the United States, for a self-imposed exile from her homeland, Iran, for most of her adult life. The provocative Neshat’s photography, videos and multimedia installations have resonated by the trustees of prominent international art exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale XLVII, where she won the top prize in 1999. The Iranian artist Shirin Neshat explores the paradox of being an artist in exile: a voice for her people, but prevented from returning home. In her work exhibited at the International Biennial of Curitiba, she explores Iran before and after the Islamic Revolution, tracing political and social changes through strong images of women.