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    My mother is my last point of security in relation to my past, and if that breaks, I will not ever have that type of pure love or pure attachment.
    — Shirin Neshat
    tags: past  mother 
     
    Nature has the most powerfully healing effect.
    — Shirin Neshat
    tags: nature  healing 
     
    I really am a strong believer that with editing, it should take a long time. Even you yourself are not capable of making the right decisions; sometimes you need a distance.
    — Shirin Neshat
    tags: time  right  believer  strong 
     
    There's something when you're always immersed in the natural landscape where it becomes your healer, in a way, at the same time that it also becomes sort of frightening. I guess that's how I see things, in that form of duality.
    — Shirin Neshat
    tags: time 
     
    I think every one of us dreams, and we know what the quality of a dream is. In many ways, the reason dreams are so - mine are a little bit nightmarish, is that it's when you're really naked and can really face the things you don't face in reality, your darkest anxieties.
    — Shirin Neshat
    Magical realism allows an artist like myself to inject layers of meaning without being obvious. In American culture, where there is freedom of expression, this approach may seem forced, unnecessary and misunderstood. But this system of communication has become very Iranian.
    — Shirin Neshat
    Those of us living in the state of in between have certain advantages and disadvantages. The advantage of being exposed to a new culture and in my case the freedom that comes with living in the USA. The disadvantages of course being that you will never experience again being a center or quite home anywhere.
    — Shirin Neshat
    Beautiful woman wrapped in chadors, with huge machine guns in their hands. Brilliant, shocking, amazingly contradictory images. They compelled me to deeply investigate these ideas.
    — Shirin Neshat
    Being political is an integral part of being Iranian. Our lives are defined by politics.
    — Shirin Neshat
    tags: live  political  politics 
     
    You're faced with creation, you're faced with something very mysterious and very mystical, whether it's looking at the ocean or being alone in a forest, or sometimes looking at the stars. There's really something very powerful about nature that's endlessly mysterious and a reminder of our humanity, our mortality, of more existential things that we usually manage to not get involved with very often because of daily activity.
    — Shirin Neshat
    Art is no crime. It's every artist's responsibility to make art that is meaningful
    — Shirin Neshat
    I'm really interested in social justice, and if an artist has a certain power of being heard and voicing something important, it's right to do it. It could still be done in such a way that it's not aggressive or overly didactic. I'm trying to find that form.
    — Shirin Neshat
    tags: justice  power  right  artist 
     
    My work has never been autobiographical. Although the subjects are driven on a personal perspective it's sort of elevated above me. I try to express something that is more a collective expression of crisis.
    — Shirin Neshat
    Poets use metaphors and symbolism to construct images. I construct my images in the same way, except that I am using a different form.
    — Shirin Neshat
    tags: metaphor  poet 
     
    The idea of feeling displaced, and never feeling safe anywhere in the world, where you always feel like you're safer if you're over there, is not just my experience. If you went to Iran today or an Iranian came to America today, or the fact that there are bombs exploding everywhere, there's just a tremendous sense of fear and feeling a desire for security.
    — Shirin Neshat
    To me, editing is not something you can do in a rush because the artists themselves are not always their own best editors. Time is absolutely everything.
    — Shirin Neshat
    tags: time  artist 
     
    In this Western world that we have, culture risks being [only] a form of entertainment.
    — Shirin Neshat
    tags: world  culture  risk 
     
    Every Iranian artist, in one form or another, is political. Politics have defined our lives.
    — Shirin Neshat
    I find that through the study of women, you get to the heart - the truth - of the culture.
    — Shirin Neshat
    tags: truth  women  heart  culture 
     
    Part of me has always resisted the Western clichéd image of Muslim women, depicting them as nothing more than silent victims. My art, without denying 'repression,' is a testimony to unspoken female power and the continuing protest in Islamic culture.
    — Shirin Neshat
    tags: women  power  culture  victim 
     
    Art is our weapon. Culture is a form of resistance.
    — Shirin Neshat
    tags: culture 
     
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