Land of Dreams

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Land of Dreams
Shirin Neshat - Solo Show

5 days to the ending

9 Apr - 22 May, 2022

Land of Dreams

Dirimart is pleased to announce its  exhibition by Shirin Neshat, presenting her latest body of work, Land of Dreams.In parallel with the exhibition, her third feature film will be screened in three different theaters as part of the 41st Istanbul Film Festival.

The Iranian-born NewYork-based artist’s practice focuses on the concepts of religious and political power that influence human existence. As a young adult, Neshat experienced the rise of radical Islam in the 70’s and the Iranian Islamic revolution. As an Iranian woman who has lived in exile in America since the 90’s, she developed a desire to bring nuance to dominant narratives, such as Islam versus feminism. With her latest work Land of Dreams, for the first time in her career, Neshat turns her lens towards her host country, America, to investigate and document how white supremacy and the threat against immigrants rupture individual lives under the Trump administration.///

A body of 111 photographic portraits, along with a two-channel video installation and a feature film converge into one multidisciplinary immersive experience to present a portrait of contemporary America.  Created in 2019 in New Mexico, the project marks a visual and conceptual shift for the artist. The first video, Land of Dreams, follows a character named Simin, an Iranian photographer, who travels through West America to photograph locals in their homes. The protagonist asks her sitters about their most recent dreams and eventually finds herself wandering inside each individual’s subconscious. Cinematographic images of New Mexico’s sublime landscapes complete the plot. The second video, The Colony, takes a rather sinister and dystopian turn, where Simin becomes an Iranian spy, assigned with archiving the dreams and the portraits of people she encounters. The documents are then logged and analyzed by dozens of dream scientists in a factory-like facility. Both fictitious and documentary, the videos evoke, through striking imagery and political satire, a shared humanity among those living under social, political, and economic injustice. The photographic installation comprising 111 portraits of New Mexico residents taken by Neshat gathers the photographs that the fictional character Simin would have taken during her interviews. These portraits capture the diversity of American identities, including Native Americans, African Americans, and Hispanics of varying ages and genders. Like the protagonist, Neshat asks her sitters about their dreams and records some of them on their portraits in Farsi. Her practice of applying calligraphy to portraits resurfaces in this oeuvre. Through her unique point of view, Neshat creates a human bond between insiders and outsiders. This complex and interwoven body of work reveals a country where dreams are sold to many but granted to few.  Neshat’s third feature film entitled Land of Dreams premiered in the 78th Venice Film Festival in 2021 can be seen during the 41st International Istanbul Film Festival supported by Istanbul Arts and Culture Foundation. The movie features Sheila Vand, Matt Dillon, William Moseley, and Isabella Rossellini. For screenings, please visit


In this show

Shirin Neshat, Manuel Martinez, 2019, 0
2019 | Manuel Martinez

Shirin Neshat

183 × 122cm

Shirin Neshat, Herbie Nelson, 2019, 0
2019 | Herbie Nelson

Shirin Neshat

119.4 × 79.7cm

Shirin Neshat, Zachariah Morse, 2019, 0
2019 | Zachariah Morse

Shirin Neshat

205.7 × 122.9cm

Shirin Neshat, Magali & Phoenix, 2019, 0
2019 | Magali & Phoenix

Shirin Neshat

152.4 × 101.6cm

Shirin Neshat, Jenasis Greer, 2019, 0
2019 | Jenasis Greer

Shirin Neshat