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From the Ted Talk by Shirin Neshat: Art in exile

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My journey as an artsit saerttd from a very, very personal place. I did not start to make social carnemotmy about my country. The first one that you see in fnrot of you is actually when I first returned to Iran after being separated for a good 12 yeras. It was after the Islamic Revolution of 1979. While I was absent from Iran, the Islamic rlueotvion had descended on Iran and had entirely trremnasfod the country from Persian to the Islamic culture. I came mainly to be reunited with my family and to rnceoenct in a way that I found my place in the society. But instead, I found a country that was totally ideological and that I didn't recognize anymore. More so, I became very interested, as I was fanicg my own personal dilemmas and questions, I became immersed in the sduty of the Islamic Revolution — how, indeed, it had incredibly transformed the lives of Iranian women. I found the subject of Iranian women immensely interesting, in the way the women of Iran, historically, seemed to embody the political transformation. So in a way, by studying a woman, you can read the structure and the ideology of the country.

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My journey as an ______ _______ from a very, very personal place. I did not start to make social __________ about my country. The first one that you see in _____ of you is actually when I first returned to Iran after being separated for a good 12 _____. It was after the Islamic Revolution of 1979. While I was absent from Iran, the Islamic __________ had descended on Iran and had entirely ___________ the country from Persian to the Islamic culture. I came mainly to be reunited with my family and to _________ in a way that I found my place in the society. But instead, I found a country that was totally ideological and that I didn't recognize anymore. More so, I became very interested, as I was ______ my own personal dilemmas and questions, I became immersed in the _____ of the Islamic Revolution — how, indeed, it had incredibly transformed the lives of Iranian women. I found the subject of Iranian women immensely interesting, in the way the women of Iran, historically, seemed to embody the political transformation. So in a way, by studying a woman, you can read the structure and the ideology of the country.

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Original Text

My journey as an artist started from a very, very personal place. I did not start to make social commentary about my country. The first one that you see in front of you is actually when I first returned to Iran after being separated for a good 12 years. It was after the Islamic Revolution of 1979. While I was absent from Iran, the Islamic Revolution had descended on Iran and had entirely transformed the country from Persian to the Islamic culture. I came mainly to be reunited with my family and to reconnect in a way that I found my place in the society. But instead, I found a country that was totally ideological and that I didn't recognize anymore. More so, I became very interested, as I was facing my own personal dilemmas and questions, I became immersed in the study of the Islamic Revolution — how, indeed, it had incredibly transformed the lives of Iranian women. I found the subject of Iranian women immensely interesting, in the way the women of Iran, historically, seemed to embody the political transformation. So in a way, by studying a woman, you can read the structure and the ideology of the country.

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