Provocative work challenges perceptions of Middle Eastern identity

“She Who Tells a Story” introduces the pioneering work of twelve leading women photographers from Iran and the Arab world: Jananne Al-Ani, Boushra Almutawakel, Gohar Dashti, Rana El Nemr, Lalla Essaydi, Shadi Ghadirian, Tanya Habjouqa, Rula Halawani, Nermine Hammam, Rania Matar, Shirin Neshat, and Newsha Tavakolian.

These prominent photographers have tackled the very notion of representation with passion and power, questioning tradition and challenging perceptions of Middle Eastern identity. Their provocative work ranges from fine art to photojournalism and provides insights into political and social issues, including questions of personal identity and exploring the complex political and social landscapes of their home regions in images of great sophistication, expressiveness, and beauty.

Gohar Dashti, Untitled #5, From the series “Today’s Life and War,” 2008, Chromogenic print. Copyright Gohar Dashti. Courtesy Galerie WHITE PROJECT Paris. Reproduced with permission.

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This exhibition is generously supported by the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

Additional support from the Barbara Jane Anderson Fund.