Shirin Neshat Ask My Heart, Looking For Oum Kulthum 2018
Shirin Neshat Ask My Heart, Looking For Oum Kulthum 2018 

Divas, from Oum Kalthoum to Dalida

19/05/2021 - 26/09/2021

Institut du Monde Arabe 
1, rue des Fossés-Saint-Bernard, Place Mohammed V 
75005 Paris   

With this ode to a time and a devotion to its women, the institute opens passage to the most treasured artists of Arab music and cinema from the 1920s to 1970s. In narrating the nuances of an epoch, the lives and hearts of these women are assembled like never before. Among its most moving pieces are some personal belongings of Algerian singer Warda, Lebanese chanteuse Sabah’s extravagant gowns, and never-before-seen photographs from Egyptian-born French-Italian singer Dalida’s early days. These intimate items give way for a window into their value, and also includes rare interviews, classic movie ads, and excerpts. Through these, visitors are invited to reflect on their creative expressions, along with their influence within a discourse of emancipation.