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Global Imaginaries, Individual Realities Featured Event: SHIRIN NESHAT joins SHIRIN EBADI in conversation. Moderated by HAMID DABASHI

Sunday, April 07, 2013 |5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

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Organized in conjunction with the DIA’s Shirin Neshat exhibition,GLOBAL IMAGINARIES│Individual Realities is a series of lectures that establishes a platform for artists and their communities to enter into a wider conversation about socially engaged art. The ‘imaginary’ is a sociological term which describes the unspoken understanding between individuals within a society who all agree to function within the same ethical, cultural and political frameworks. The ‘global imaginary’ is an idea that expands on this notion, describing the social networks emerging between people from all over the world, assisted by innovations in technology such as the internet. In this lecture series we turn to several prominent artists whose work focuses on the role of art within the social and political sphere and invite a socio-cultural anthropologist, a political activist and sociologist of culture to discuss the role of art in shaping the global imaginary. This program will explore the underlying notions that shape our expectations of society and consider art as a social medium to navigate the vicissitudes of our imagined narratives.


Shirin Ebadi received the Nobel Peace Prize (2003) for her pioneering efforts to support democracy and human rights in Iran for nearly fifty years. She devised unconventional legal strategies for human rights and successfully advocated for justice in a repressive political regime. In 2006 she joined six other Nobel laureates to form the Nobel Women's Initiative. Ms. Ebadi will present a public address about her work.
Artist Shirin Neshat first received international acclaim for the pioneering conceptual photographic series, Women of Allah (1993-97), her effort to reconcile memories of Iran from her youth with the realities of political changes in her homeland. Her development as a socially engaged artist is the topic of her retrospective at the DIA. Neshat joins Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi for a conversation about art and justice, moderated by noted sociologist of culture Hamid Dabashi, Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Dabashi is a noted scholar and commentator about the relationship between art and politics.


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This lecture is sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art and the Center for the Study of Citizen at Wayne State University in conjunction with the exhibition 'Shirin Neshat', organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts.  Generous support has been provided by the MetLife Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, and Marjorie & Maxwell Jospey Foundation. Additional support has been provided by the City of Detroit.


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