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About 14 years later Neshat started to produce "Women of Allah" (1993-7), the photo series that brought her international fame. Her other notable works include "Turbulent" (1998), "Rapture" (1999) and "Women Without Men" (2009). Those otherwise innocent of Neshat's work might have been inadvertently exposed to her motifs in "Submission," Theo Van Gogh's 2004 work, whose provocative views about Islam and women went viral on the Internet five years ago. Neshat was inspired to begin "Women of Allah" by what she'd witnessed during a 1990 trip to Iran.The film traces the lives of four oppressed women living in Iran in 1953 during the Anglo-U.S. backed coup that saw the deposed Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlevi returned to power.Such discussions are active and relevant in local discourse – as is evident in Dardashat Jandariya, the monthly talks around gender in the region organized by the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center at the Arab Foundation for Freedom and Equality.A closer examination of Neshat's oeuvre reveals that a very thin line separates her efforts to convey the complexity of being a woman in post-revolutionary Iran and the perpetuation of Orientalist representations of women.
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