Curator: Kristen Gresh, Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Assistant Curator of Photographs

Number of objects: Approximately 75

During this critical time for Iran and the Arab world, as national and personal identities are being dismantled and rebuilt, contemporary photography reflects the complexities of unprecedented change. One of the most significant trends to emerge recently is the work of women photographers, whose remarkable and provocative images provide insights into new cultural landscapes, questioning tradition and challenging perceptions of Middle Eastern identity. “She Who Tells a Story” brings together the vital pioneering work of 12 leading artists: Jananne Al-Ani, Boushra Almutawakel, Gohar Dashti, Rana El Nemr, Shadi Ghadirian, Tanya Habjouqa, Rula Halawani, Nermine Hammam, Rania Matar, and Newsha Tavakolian. The exhibition features 78 photographs, including an array of work ranging in genre from portraiture to documentary.

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