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For chapter 4.1, the piece that spoke the most to me the most was Man,Controller of the Universe or Man in the Time Machine by Diego Rivera. This typeof mural is a large fresco and is displayed in Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City,Mexico. The dimensions are quite large at 15’ by 37’ and 6/8ths and wascompleted by Rivera in 1934. This piece really stood out to me because it portraysa hopeful vision especially with inclusivity showing the capabilities of humans ifthey were able to join together and work towards a better future. I thought it wasvery interesting that one can also notice the emphasis between good and evil whichwe as humankind are capable of. On a deeper level, I also connect the differenceshe shows between capitalist societies and communist ones, especially with what isgoing on with the current times. I believe the deepest part of this fresco to me isthat humans may not ultimately choose the better path which is shown, making mehave thoughts I never really thought about regarding the future. This piece of artreminds me of the Netflix show “Black Mirror” because it really just shows thecapabilities of humankind as a successful species, yet also shows the downfall weare doomed to choose instead due to our own internal issues. I cannot connect thispiece to me personally, but I can definitely apply it to our generation as a wholeand the future ones to come. It is really eye awakening and proves to showunfortunately history will always repeat itself inevitably.For chapter 4.8, The piece that spoke out to me the most was from ShirinNeshat’s photographic series titledWoman of Allah. The piece “Speechless” is anink print depicting an ambiguous woman with the muzzle of a gun right next to herface. This piece was made in 1996 and on a literal level shows the contradictoryperception of Muslim women and the soldiers of Islam. Because this piece is
meant to represent a timeframe during the Iranian Revolution, the woman in“Speechless” is addressing her brothers in regard to participating in it as well.Because women in the seriesWoman of Allahseem to be disempowered by theirreligion, the use of weapons and text inscribed on the womens’ bodies allow thesubjects of art to speak and seem heroic, strong, and powerful, even though theyhave been forced to remain silent due to unjust laws. Being half Indian and havinga family background with Hinduism really made me think deeply about my rightsas a woman and my place in society next to my husband because I was told to besubmissive as a little girl. The similarities in our religion made this piece reallystick out to me because it attacks the sexism both the religion provides. My momfled from Saudi Arabia in the 80’s and I grew up hearing her stories of theunfairness that took over her life there, making her ever so grateful to live in theUS. As a little girl, my mom would still teach me how to be the “ideal housewife”because it was all she knew regardless of the freedom she had. Growing up here,I’ve had quite the opposite mindset from the start and seeing the progressivenessthat started from another side of the world is just very empowering, and I amgrateful for the changes that occurred in the 90’s because life for me would’ve beena lot different now if nothing was done. I also appreciate the stereotypes brokenabout women from the east from Neshat’s pieces because even when I was in

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