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Maker(s):Neshat, Shirin
Culture:American, born in Iran (1957- )
Title:Passage Series
Date Made:2001
Materials:Cibachrome print
Measurements:sheet: 19 1/2" x 24 1/8"; frame: 28 1/8" x 31 1/4" x 1 1/2"
Accession Number:  AC 2007.01
Credit Line:Museum purchase
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

series 10/10

Label Text:
This image is a still from Passage, a 30-minute color video accompanied by music composed by Philip Glass. The video is a meditation on the universal experience of death and the ritual of burial. Shoja Azari, a frequent collaborator of Neshat's, describes Passage as "an eloquent visual poem that symbolically tells the story of human loss, grief, tradition, renewal, and hope in the face of existential wondering, awe, and mystery."

This photograph represents one of three key narrative elements in the film--a group of women in black veils vigorously digging a burial site with their bare hands in a vast desert.

MD, 2013

deserts; figures; religion; women

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