Here Is How An Iranian Woman Captured Pain And Mourning In A Series Of Stunning Photographs

When exiled Iranian visual artist Shirin Neshat decided to dedicate her new project to the Egyptian Revolution, she wanted to "investigate the universal experience of pain and mourning on both a personal and national level." And wow did she — below is a series of stunning black and white photographs that she hoped would compel the viewer to "acknowledge the toll of political and social upheaval that results when people deny humanity to those whom they perceive as the 'other.'"What's so impressive is how she captured a feeling of intensity and deep pain in the images by asking her Egyptian subjects to share their stories of tragedy before the camera, capturing a poignant connection between the person in front of the camera and us.

Here Is How An Iranian Woman Captured Pain And Mourning In A Series Of Stunning Photographs

Read from her Washington Post interview why Shirin decided to pair the portraits with indecipherable calligraphy:

"Every little wrinkle is covered in millions of words so aesthetically, it’s a work of labor. Coming from Iran, I have an inherent passion for poetry, beauty and all things that come from classic Islamic and Persian art. But all of my work has a strong footing in dark, disturbing political reality. So the beauty, darkness, violence and spirituality in this exhibit is paradoxical. This is my signature as an artist and it’s also the signature of the Iranian people that they’re so divided in their poetry and their politics. So the calligraphy for me and the inclusion of text in the image comes directly from tradition. It’s a way of adding a dimension about humanity, it’s all of the positive things echoed into a concept that is extremely disturbing and dark."

When the COVID-19 pandemic socially distanced the world and pushed off the 2020 Olympics, we knew the games weren't going to be the same. The fact that they're even happening this year is a miracle, but without spectators and the usual hustle and bustle surrounding the events, it definitely feels different.

But it's not just the games themselves that have changed. The coverage of the Olympics has changed as well, including the unexpected addition of un-expert, uncensored commentary from comedian Kevin Hart and rapper Snoop Dogg on NBC's Peacock.

In the topsy-turvy world we're currently living in, it's both a refreshing and hilarious addition to the Olympic lineup.

Just watch this clip of them narrating an equestrian event. (Language warning if you've got kiddos nearby. The first video is bleeped, but the others aren't.)

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