Shirin Neshat

Shirin Neshat (b.1957, Qazvin) is an Iranian artist and cinema director. Her practice focuses on the concepts of religious and political power that influence human existence. As a young adult, Neshat experienced the rise of radical Islam in the 70’s and the Iranian Islamic revolution. As an Iranian woman who has lived in exile in America since the 90’s, she developed a desire to bring nuance to dominant narratives, such as Islam versus feminism, public and private life, antiquity and modernity, and bridgding the spaces between these subjects. Her iconic portraits she creates by interfering with her Persian handwriting, make the viewer face the hegemony struggle which people from countries with repressive governments and secretly violent policies are exposed to. In 2009, Neshat made her first feature film titled Woman Without Men, and was awarded with the Silver Lion Prize for Best Director at the 66th Venice International Film Festival. Neshat’s photography series include The Book of Kings (2012), Our House Is on Fire (2013), The Home of My Eyes (2015), Dreamers (2016), and Land of Dreams (2019).

Shirin Neshat’s (b.1957, Qazvin) works have been exhibited in museums such as The Broad, LA; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Serpentine Gallery, London; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. She recently held exhibitions at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC. She participated in the 48th Venice Biennial (1999); Whitney Biennial (2000); Documenta XI (2002); and Prospect 1 New Orleans (2009).  Awards she was granted are: Grand Prize at the Gwangju Biennial (2000); the First International Award at the 48th Venice Biennale (1999); Hiroshima Freedom Prize (2005); and the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Award (2006). She lives and works in New York.

SELECTED WORKS
Herbie Nelson, from Land of Dreams series
Herbie Nelson, from Land of Dreams series
Raven Brewer-Beltz, from Land of Dreams series
Raven Brewer-Beltz, from Land of Dreams series
Manuel Martinez, from Land of Dreams series
Manuel Martinez, from Land of Dreams series
Hemid from Our House is on Fire Series
Hemid from Our House is on Fire Series
The Book of the Kings Series
The Book of the Kings Series
Fatenn (Mourners) from The Book of Kings series
Fatenn (Mourners) from The Book of Kings series
Bahram
Bahram
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