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Muslim women in focus at photo show

Muslim women in focus at photo show
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Iranian artist Shirin Neshat focuses on Muslim women in her exhibition Written on the Body, which is taking place as part of the PhotoEspana festival in Madrid.

She said: “My work in a way captures the evolution of Iranian womens’ change ever since 1979 – the Islamic Revolution – to 2009’s Green Movement. So in my own way I try to sort of tackle that complexity behind the lives of women in Islam.”

Through photography and video she explores the segregation of men and women in Muslim society.

Neshat, who has lived in the United States since 1974, was awarded the Golden Lion at the 1999 Venice Biennale and the Silver Lion in 2009 for her film Women Without Men.

Curator Octavio Zaya said: “The body has always been an element, as human beings we are, where cultural battles take place.”

PhotoEspana showcases the work of 328 artsists from 42 countries and runs until the end of the month.