women without men in the sala delle cariatidi…

Exhibitions worth seeing in Milan are a bit like buses, you wait around for AGES and then a bunch of them all come together at the same time. Alongside the Arcimboldo exhibition within the Palazzo Reale is another show by Shirin Nehat. The films are installed in the Sala delle Cariatidi (the Caryatid Room). The Palace itself was heavily bombed during WW11 but mercifully, rather than restore it, this room was instead preserved as it was, war scars and all…

Women without men is Shirin Neshat’s independent film adaptation of Shahrnush Parsipur’s magic realist novel. The story chronicles the intertwining lives of four Iranian women during the summer of 1953 and is in told in chapters jumping from screen to screen within the installation.

Both the films and the room in which it is installed are exquisite to look at but go with a clear, fresh even empty head…

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