File - People view “Mahmoud,” from "Our House Is on Fire," 2013 (right) and “Hamid,” 2013 (left) large scale photographs by Iraninan-born artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat. (AFP/Stan Honda)
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The brutal aftermath of the once-euphoric Egyptian revolution is on stark display in a powerful New York exhibition that lays bare grief, death and shattered hopes.Three years after protests first erupted across the Arab world, ultimately deposing autocratic rulers in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen, the hopes of millions now lie stagnant or in tatters.In Egypt, Iranian-American artist Shirin Neshat witnessed the evolution of events firsthand as she traveled between New York and Cairo making a film about the legendary singer Umm Kulthum.Hopes of a democratic dawn led to elections but after the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammad Morsi took office as president, an increasingly polarized Egypt staggered from crisis to crisis.The launch party hosted an eclectic crowd, a lively mix of art world luminaries, Iranian emigres, artists and photographers, and aficionados of photography and the Middle East.
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