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Shirin Neshat's Turbulent

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Shirin Neshat’s Turbulent (1998) is a two-screen video installation in which the projections shown on opposite walls. This forces the observer to choose which side to follow, and parallels the segregated public lives of men and women, where they can only communicate through “exchanged gazes” (Ravenal). The two-screen format shows two similar theatres, though one is filled with an audience of men in black and white, whilst a lone lady occupies the other theatre. The two screens create a simple way for observers to contrast the roles which Muslim men and women occupy.

Sound supplements the role of vision in constructing identity in Turbulent. Neshat uses the song choice of the man and woman in the video to elucidate the identities which Muslim
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