She Who Tells a Story

Dont Forget This Is Not You (for Sahar Lotfi) Newsha Tavakolian, (Iranian, born in 1981) 2010 Reproduced with permission. Courtesy of the artist and East Wing Contemporary Gallery. Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Don’t Forget This Is Not You (for Sahar Lotfi), Newsha Tavakolian, 2010
Reproduced with permission, Courtesy of the artist, East Wing Contemporary Gallery, Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The viewpoint of women photographers from the Arab world is the focus of the MFA’s exhibit She Who Tells a Story. I found this collection of images incredibly powerful and thought-provoking, and I definitely recommend that you plan a visit to the MFA before January 12 to see it!

Several years ago the curator, Kristen Gresh, was living and working in Egypt, and it was there that she discovered many of the work of many of the featured photographers. Of the dozen photographers, four are Iranian, and all are either working in or have roots in the Middle East. “Reflecting on the power of politics and the legacy of war, the photographs in this exhibition challenge Western notions about the ‘Orient,’ examine the complexities of identity, and redefine documentary as a genre,” says Ms. Gresh. The first exhibit of its kind, She Who Tells a Story challenges expectations and offers a window into the Middle East through the lens of these very talented women.

Bullet Revisited #3 Lalla Assia Essaydi, 2012 Reproduced with permission, Courtesy of Miller Yezerski Gallery Boston; Edwynn Houk Gallery New York, Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Bullet Revisited #3 Lalla Assia Essaydi, 2012
Reproduced with permission, Courtesy of Miller Yezerski Gallery Boston; Edwynn Houk Gallery New York,
Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

 

Untitled #5, Gohar Dashti, 2008 Reproduced with permission, Courtesy Galerie WHITE PROJECT Paris. Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Untitled #5, Gohar Dashti, 2008
Reproduced with permission, Courtesy Galerie WHITE PROJECT Paris. Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Women of Gaza 3, Tanya Habjouqa, 2009 © Tanya Habjouqa, Courtesy of the artist and East Wing Contemporary Gallery Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Women of Gaza 3, Tanya Habjouqa, 2009
© Tanya Habjouqa, Courtesy of the artist and East Wing Contemporary Gallery
Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

She Who Tells a Story, on view until Januray 12. MFA, Avenue of the Arts at 465 Huntington Avenue. Open Saturday-Tuesday, 10am – 4:45pm; Wednesday- Friday, 10am – 9:45pm. Admission (includes repeat visit within 10 days) is $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and students, and free for 17 and younger weekdays after 3pm and weekends (otherwise $10). Wednesday nights after 4pm admission is by contribution. For more information, visit the MFA website.

 

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