Shirin Neshat, OverRuled, 2011. Photo taken by Larry Barns. Copyright Shirin Neshat. Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York.
For her Performa Commission, Shirin Neshat will present OverRuled, a highly stylized performance set in a courtroom which references historical and contemporary Iranian and Arab uprisings against various forms of dictatorship and theocracy. Drawing from her previous works Turbulent (1998), a musical duet between a male and female singer, and The Last Word (2003), a trail of a poet, OverRuled will feature actors, singers, and musicians including the Iranian actor Mohammad B. Ghaffari and Mohsen Namjoo, one of the most celebrated Iranian musicians today. OverRuled is directed by Neshat and written by Shoja Azari. Neshat's Performa Commission will also marks the tenth anniversary of RoseLee Goldberg commissioning the artist to create her first live work, Logic of the Birds, in 2001, an experience that eventually led to Goldberg establishing Performa.
Performa 11, the fourth edition of the internationally acclaimed biennial of new visual art performance presented by Performa, will be held in New York City from November 1–21, 2011. The three-week biennial will showcase new work by more than 100 of the most exciting artists working today, in an innovative program breaking down the boundaries between visual art, music, dance, poetry, fashion, architecture, graphic design, and the culinary arts. Presented in collaboration with a consortium of more than 50 arts institutions and over 50 curators, as well as a network of public spaces and private venues across the city, Performa 11 will ignite New York City with energy and ideas, acting as a vital “think tank” linking minds across the five boroughs and bringing audiences together for brilliant new performances in all disciplines.
Founded by RoseLee Goldberg in 2004, Performa is the leading organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth-century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century. Performa launched New York’s first performance biennial, Performa 05, in 2005, followed by Performa 07 (2007), and Performa 09 (2009).
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