Earlier this week I had the honour of welcoming over 120 friends of @womenforwomenuk to the @goodman_gallery in London to see @shirin__neshat fantastic exhibition ‘Land of Dreams’ and to hear her in conversation with @loubuck01 Her work is extremely moving and I recommend a visit to the gallery if you haven’t seen her exhibition yet. Her words were equally so. She spoke so clearly about how she juggles the juxtapositions within her, how she feels torn between opposites, whether that is dark and light, or political and personal. Her sincerity, vulnerability and sharp insight were just utterly inspiring. I am convinced there is nothing more powerful than acknowledging the confusion that is part of our lives, where we try to make sense of contradictions, or as Shirin described it - making sense of our outer and inner worlds. Because when we hear others confide, there is a moment of recognition that brings comfort to our own struggles. I didn’t know what Shirin would talk about, but as I was thinking of introducing our work just briefly, I couldn’t stop thinking about the statistic that there are 71 million displaced people right now in the world, and over half are women. I kept thinking about how easily we state these figures and how hard it is to actually stop and think about what it means to be displaced….if you want to know more, watch this brief video.