The veiled, gun-bearing women and the black-and-white photograph format of Shirin Neshat’s (b. 1957) work suggest newspaper clippings that show Iranian women’s involvement in the Iran-Iraq War and the Islamic Revolution. In Way in Way Out from the Women of Allah series, the woman’s hand gesture suggests prayer, and the popular prayer inscribed on the edge of her white veil reads: “Give a hand so that I can hold a hand.”
Inscription: Signed, dated, and insribed (on verso, along bottom edge): "Women of Allah" 1994 Shirin Neshat / 13/50
[Exit Art/The First World, New York, until 1997; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Iranian Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection," March 6, 2012–September 3, 2012.