Invited Works:
Shirin Neshat | Tanya Syed | Shelly Love

Shirin Neshat Passage Series, 2001, C-print. Copyright Shirin Neshat. Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.

Shirin Neshat Passage Series, 2001, C-print. Copyright Shirin Neshat. Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.

Shirin Neshat: Passage
2001 | Morocco/US | 11'30"

Renowned Iranian-born artist Shirin Neshat's visually compelling films explore the culture of Islam, especially the condition of women in that world.  By questioning sexual politics, Neshat reveals something of the collective condition, its rituals, conflicts and emotions.

In Passage, a group of men carry a body wrapped in white cloth across a beach; in the distance, a group of women veiled in black chadors dig a grave with their hands, while a child arranges a circle of stones.  These minimal, enigmatic scenes, set to a haunting score by Philip Glass, were inspired by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, specifically the televised images of bodies held aloft during funeral processions.  "My art is my personal response to the worlds that I have been exposed to... In Passage, I adopted many primal elements including water, earth and finally fire to stress the forces of nature against the ritual of death... The main theme revolves around a relationship between men and women (dressed in black) and the landscape (forces of nature)" - Shirin Neshat

"complex, poetic vision... otherworldly"
Wall Street Journal

Short Films Programme 3: The Body Rites | Sat 5 Nov | 2pm | Dance Limerick


Tanya Syed, For Maynard

Tanya Syed, For Maynard

Tanya Syed: For Maynard
2016 | UK | 25'00"
A film by Tanya Syed
Choreographed & Performed by Simon Whitehead

In this cinematic rendition of Simon Whitehead's live performance work Studies for Maynard, ambiguous relationships to gravity, location and object - as seen in Syed's earlier films - are explored to poignant effect.  Whitehead's leaning towards pedestrian movement and his conversation with a weathered school table move the viewer through a percussive and ever-shifting orientation.  The physical immediacy of performance meets the proximity of the camera's eye and its desire to bring us closer.

Tanya Syed is an artist filmmaker whose work explores performance, gesture, ritual and androgyny through a unique choreography of camera, body and lighting.  She makes single-screen and gallery-based work and has collaborated with musicians and dance, theatre and performance artists.

Short Films Programme 3: The Body Rites | Sat 5 Nov | 2pm | Dance Limerick


Shelly Love, Betwixt and Between

Shelly Love, Betwixt and Between

Shelly Love: Betwixt and Between
2009 | UK | 3'00"

Using 18th century ladies' portraiture as inspiration, Betwixt and Between sees Shelly Love exploring the choreography of glances and small gestures, working with her Lady Sitter and a stuffed dog.  The Lady Sitter is performed by Polly Wright, who also composed and performs the music for the film.  Originally commissioned by Sadler's Wells, Moves Festival and BBC Big Screens.

Shelly Love is an award-winning independent artist and director.  Traversing the lines between movement and fiction, her films are uniquely choreographic and poetic in nature, fantastical and surreal, yet utterly human.

Shelly Love will co-present this year's Light Moves Screendance Lab

Short Films Programme 3: The Body Rites | Sat 5 Nov | 2pm | Dance Limerick