Shirazeh Houshiary

[no title]

1992

Artist
Shirazeh Houshiary born 1955
Part of
Round Dance
Medium
Etching on paper
Dimensions
Image: 605 × 605 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1993
Reference
P77593

Display caption

These images are made from the layering of words inspired by texts by 13th century Sufi poet Jalal al-Din Rumi. Houshiary has said that the repeated words represent the act of breathing. For her, inhalation and exhalation through the lungs gives a feeling of absence and presence. The prints reveal language as a living organism. The repeated round forms convey a spinning movement, reinforced by the title ‘Round Dance’. For Houshiary, these centrifugal, whirling forces are present in all nature. Round Dance connects culture to nature, and words to biology.

Gallery label, April 2021

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