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The show

Polo Museale della Basilicata and MAXXI,in collaboration with the Matera-Basilicata 2019 Foundation, present two new video works by the Iranian artist Shirin Neshat.

On the occasion of Matera European Capital of Culture 2019, the Iranian artist presents two works taken from his latest feature film Looking for Oum Kulthum (2017) which features Mitra, a director of Iranian origin who has the dream of making a film dedicated to legendary Egyptian singer Oum Kulthum, loved throughout the Arab world. Dreamlike images overlap with historical reconstructions of the singer's life and the story of the existence of Mithras, made even more tormented by the death of her son.

As if transported in a dream, in Remembrance we see a boy led by the singer's voice in a sort of space-time labyrinth. The young man's gaze reveals the many facets of Kulthum's icon, his intimate and melancholy side and at the same time the strength of his stage presence and the deep desire for freedom. In the video In Trance the focus is on the mystical power of his music, capable of hypnotizing listeners. In this reflection on the ecstatic experience linked to the voice of Kulthum, the fragility and uncertainties of the young singer who questioned how to be able to get emotionally close to her audience emerged.

A talk will be held on September 11th at 6:00 pm with Shirin Neshat together with the Director of the Basilicata Museum Complex Marta Ragozzino and the Director MAXXI Arte Bartolomeo Pietromarchi.
Next, at 7:00 pm, the screenings will be open to the public.

Timetable and tickets


Piazzetta Pascoli
75100 Matera


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