Selected Works

Shirin Neshat
Soliloquy Series, 1999
Gelatin silver print
Work: 106.7 x 203.2 cm
Shirin Neshat
Soliloquy Series, 1999
Silver gelatin print
125.7 x 159.1 cm, 128.6 x 167.6 x 5.1 cm framed
Shirin Neshat
Untitled, from Roja Series, 2016
Silver gelatin print
Work: 101.6 x 152.4 cm Frame: 104.1 x 154.9 x 5.7 cm
Shirin Neshat
Untitled, from Roja Series , 2016
Silver gelatin print
101.6 x 235.6 cm, 104.1 x 238.1 x 5.7 cm framed
Shirin Neshat
Sarah, 2016
Single-channel video installation
Duration: 12 minutes, 55 seconds
Shirin Neshat
Adil, from The Home of My Eyes series, 2015
Silver gelatin print and ink
Work: 152.4 x 101.6 cm
Shirin Neshat
Anna, from The Home of My Eyes series, 2015
Silver gelatin print and ink
Work: 152.4 x 101.6 cm
Shirin Neshat
Tooba Series, 2002
Cibachrome print
Work: 121.9 x 152.4 cm Frame: 130.8 x 161.3 cm
Shirin Neshat
Bahram (Villians), from The Book of Kings series, 2012
Ink on LE silver gelatin print
Work: 251.5 x 124.5 cm Frame: 252 x 125 cm
Shirin Neshat
Panteha (Masses), from The Book of Kings series, 2012
Ink on LE silver gelatin print
101.6 x 76.2cm, 102.2 x 76.8 x 5.1 cm framed
Shirin Neshat
Muhammed (Patriots), from The Book of Kings series, 2012
Ink on LE silver gelatin print
152.4 x 114.3cm, 153 x 114.9 x 5.1 cm framed
Shirin Neshat
My Beloved, 1995
Silver gelatin print & ink (photo taken by Cynthia Preston)
Frame: 152.4 x 101.6 cm
Shirin Neshat
The Last Word, 2003
Video/sound installation: black and white, 35mm film, transferred to Digital Video Disk. Materials: 2 DVDs, 1 Digital Beta Master Clone, & Certificate of Authenticity

Biography

Shirin Neshat (b. 1957, Qazvin, Iran) completed her education in the USA in 1974, five years later the Islamic Revolution prevented her from returning to her home country for almost twenty years. Her personal experiences as a Muslim woman in exile have informed her practice in which she employs photography, video installation, cinema and performance to explore political structures that have shaped the history of Iran and other Middle Eastern nations. Neshat portrays the alienation of women in repressive Muslim societies interrogating the role reserved for women Islamic value systems. In her practice, she employs poetic imagery to engage with themes of gender and society, the individual and the collective, and the dialectical relationship between past and present, through the lens of her experiences of belonging and exile.

She has mounted numerous solo exhibitions at museums internationally, including: the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Serpentine Gallery, London; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Recent solo exhibitions include: Kunstraum Dornbirn, Austria; Faurschou Foundation, Copenhagen; Kunsthalle Tübingen, Germany; and Museo Correr, Italy, which was an official corollary event to the 57th Biennale di Venezia in 2017. A major retrospective of her work was exhibited at the Detroit Institute of Arts in 2013. Neshat was awarded the Golden Lion Award, the First International Prize at the 48th Biennale di Venezia (1999), the Hiroshima Freedom Prize (2005), and the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize (2006). In 2009, Neshat directed her first feature-length film, Women Without Men, which received the Silver Lion Award for “Best Director” at the 66th Venice International Film Festival. Dreamers marked her first solo show on the African continent, which exhibited at Goodman Gallery Johannesburg in 2016. That same year, Neshat featured in the New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50 exhibition in Johannesburg and in the Summers group exhibition at Goodman Gallery Cape Town. In 2017, Neshat was awarded the prestigious Praemium Imperiale award for Painting. That same year, Neshat directed Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida at the Salzburg. In 2017, Neshat was awarded the prestigious Praemium Imperiale award for Painting. That same year, Neshat directed Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida at the Salzburg. This year The Broad Museum in Los Angeles will host a survey exhibition of the last 25 years of Neshat’s work.

The artist lives and works in New York, USA.