Shirin NeshatSoliloquy 1999

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Shirin Neshat (born 1957)
Date 1999
MediumFilm, 16 mm, shown as video, 2 projections, colour and sound (stereo)
Dimensionsoverall display dimensions variable duration: 15min
Acquisition Presented by the Patrons of New Art through the Tate Gallery Foundation 2003
Not on display


Soliloquy is a double-screen colour video projection produced in an edition of six plus one artist’s proof. Tate’s copy is number six in the edition. The work was shot on 16mm film and transferred to video for editing. The two videos are projected on opposite walls, usually in an enclosed space. They depict a veiled woman, the artist herself, taking parallel journeys in two different cultural landscapes. In one video she is depicted in a middle eastern city on the edge of the desert while in the other she is in a western metropolis. For most of the seventeen and a half minute duration of the work, the action in the films alternates between the two settings… (read more)

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