Shirin Neshat || Land of Dreams

Shirin Neshat || Land of Dreams
20 February - 28 April 2020
Installation View
Shirin Neshat || Land of Dreams
20 February - 28 April 2020
Installation View
Shirin Neshat || Land of Dreams
20 February - 28 April 2020
Installation View
Shirin Neshat || Land of Dreams
20 February - 28 April 2020
Installation View
Shirin Neshat || Land of Dreams
20 February - 28 April 2020
Installation View
Shirin Neshat || Land of Dreams
20 February - 28 April 2020
Installation View
Shirin Neshat || Land of Dreams
20 February - 28 April 2020
Installation View
Shirin Neshat || Land of Dreams
20 February - 28 April 2020
Installation View
Shirin Neshat
The Colony, 2019
Video/Sound installation

Shirin Neshat
Land of Dreams, 2019
Video/Sound installation

Shirin Neshat
Simin, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Sylvia Hays, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Phillip Alderete, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Patrick Clay, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Bruce Lorenzo, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Amanda Martinez, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Vanessa Wheatly, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Dominique Evans, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Mrs. King, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Pearl Cowboy, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Glen Talley, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Melissa Greene, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Phil Chavez, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Manuel Martinez, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Robert Lenick, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Alfonso Garundo, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Rose Atencio, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Ann Ruppercht, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Alysha Tobin, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Paul Espinoza, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Millicent Wilson, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Raven Brewer-Beltz, from Land of Dreams series, 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Julie Ann Duran, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Yvette Johnson, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
David Armstrong, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Margarette Labounty, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Kiana Poafbitty, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Jenasis Greer, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Sean Williams, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Magali & Phoenix, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Madison Maldonado, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Marina Medina, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Robert Gallecos, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Mary Larance, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Russell Thompson, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Consuelo Quintana, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Kevin Bogort, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Denise Calloway, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Andre Luna, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Paulita Cowboy, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Barbara Newton, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Greg Fitch, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Collin Rogers, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Herbie Nelson, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Carly Drobnick, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Madison Cowboy, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Edward Nicolas, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Katalina Espinoza, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Enrique Xepeda, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Aria Hernandez, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Anthony Tobin, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Robert Flores, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Rodger Laurance, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Marie Overstreet, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Isaac Silva, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
David Miller, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Connor Cowboy, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Michelle Cowboy, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Martha Perez, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Tammy Drobnick, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Sharon Davis, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat
Katherine Marquez, from Land of Dreams series , 2019
C-print & ink

Shirin Neshat || Land of Dreams - Installation View

20 February - 28 April 2020

Shirin Neshat || Land of Dreams - Installation View

20 February - 28 April 2020

Shirin Neshat || Land of Dreams - Installation View

20 February - 28 April 2020

Shirin Neshat || Land of Dreams - Installation View

20 February - 28 April 2020

Shirin Neshat || Land of Dreams - Installation View

20 February - 28 April 2020

Shirin Neshat || Land of Dreams - Installation View

20 February - 28 April 2020

Shirin Neshat || Land of Dreams - Installation View

20 February - 28 April 2020

Shirin Neshat || Land of Dreams - Installation View

20 February - 28 April 2020

Shirin Neshat

The Colony

Shirin Neshat

Land of Dreams

Shirin Neshat

Simin, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Sylvia Hays, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Phillip Alderete, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Patrick Clay, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Bruce Lorenzo, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Amanda Martinez, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Vanessa Wheatly, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Dominique Evans, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Mrs. King, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Pearl Cowboy, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Glen Talley, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Melissa Greene, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Phil Chavez, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Manuel Martinez, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Robert Lenick, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Alfonso Garundo, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Rose Atencio, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Ann Ruppercht, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Alysha Tobin, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Paul Espinoza, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Millicent Wilson, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Raven Brewer-Beltz, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Julie Ann Duran, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Yvette Johnson, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

David Armstrong, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Margarette Labounty, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Kiana Poafbitty, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Jenasis Greer, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Sean Williams, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Magali & Phoenix, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Madison Maldonado, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Marina Medina, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Robert Gallecos, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Mary Larance, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Russell Thompson, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Consuelo Quintana, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Kevin Bogort, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Denise Calloway, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Andre Luna, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Paulita Cowboy, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Barbara Newton, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Greg Fitch, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Collin Rogers, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Herbie Nelson, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Carly Drobnick, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Madison Cowboy, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Edward Nicolas, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Katalina Espinoza, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Enrique Xepeda, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Aria Hernandez, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Anthony Tobin, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Robert Flores, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Rodger Laurance, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Marie Overstreet, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Isaac Silva, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

David Miller, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Connor Cowboy, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Michelle Cowboy, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Martha Perez, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Tammy Drobnick, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Sharon Davis, from Land of Dreams series

Shirin Neshat

Katherine Marquez, from Land of Dreams series

Goodman Gallery London
20 February – 28 March 2020

Goodman Gallery presents Land of Dreams, the UK premiere of Shirin Neshat’s most recent body of work and the renowned artist’s first solo exhibition in London in two decades. The exhibition follows Neshat’s most extensive retrospective to date at The Broad in Los Angeles.

Over the past three decades, Neshat has produced some of the most arresting imagery in contemporary art. The Iranian-born New York-based artist has dedicated her practice to progressing understandings of the religious and political forces of power that shapes human existence and has gained a reputation as one of the most significant artists working today.

Essential to Neshat’s practice is her unique point of view. As a young adult, the artist experienced the Iranian Islamic revolution and the rise of radical Islam in the 1970s. Her position as an Iranian woman who has lived – in exile – in America since the 1990s has fueled a desire to bring nuance to dominant binary narratives, such as Islam versus Feminism. Seminal early works, such as the Women of Allah (1994) photographic series, video installations Turbulent (1998) and Rapture (1999) and Neshat’s first feature film Women Without Men (2009) have challenged these assumptions.

Land of Dreams marks a pivot in Neshat’s gaze towards the “Western World” and opens the newest chapter in her practice. The exhibition comprises a portion of the 100+ photographic portraits and two video installations. For the first time, both mediums converge into one immersive experience to present a portrait of contemporary America under the Trump administration.

For the artist, America is on the verge of a paradigm shift: “We are seeing a reshuffling of the cards of power and its players. With the rise of white supremacy and the present threat against immigrants, I now turn my lens towards my host country, America. This new series of work investigates how these changes ultimately rupture individual lives”.

The video installations take a characteristically surrealist approach, led by black and white visuals of vast landscapes and domestic scenes with minimal dialogue.

First we follow Simin, an estranged Iranian photographer, who travels through rural America knocking on citizens’ doors to shoot their portraits and to document their dreams.

For the second video, we enter the clinical dystopian interiors of a bureaucratic Iranian colony housed within the mountains. Here Simin’s portraits and dream documents are logged and analysed by the protagonist alongside fellow Iranians in lab coats.

Combining striking imagery with political satire, the videos evoke a shared humanity among those living under social, political and economic injustice. The series also deepens Neshat’s long- standing interest in the duality between the ephemeral nature of dreams and the tangibility of political issues.
The Land of Dreams project was shot in New Mexico in 2019. Of the one hundred portraits created, over sixty are included in the London presentation.
The photographic portraits represent the photographs that the fictional protagonist Simin would have taken during her interviews. They capture the diversity of American identities, including Native Americans, African Americans and Hispanics of varying ages and genders. A number of the portraits are inscribed with hand-written Farsi calligraphy, which annotates the subjects’ dreams or notes their name, place and date of birth.

Land of Dreams marks the artist’s first solo exhibition in London since The Serpentine in 2000, which brought her iconic early work to UK and European audiences.

Over the past twenty years, Neshat has created large bodies of work as well as feature films, including Looking For Oum Kulthum (2017), which was screened at London’s British Museum in 2018, and Women Without Men (2009), which won her the best director award at the Venice Film Festival that year. In 2018, Neshat unveiled her portrait of Pakistani education activist Malala Yousazai at The National Portrait Gallery.

In addition to directing the opera Aida at the Salzburg Festival in 2017, the artist has had a series of major international exhibitions over the years. These include a recent retrospective at The Broad in Los Angeles (2019- 2020) as well as solo exhibitions at Museo Correr in Venice (2017); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C (2015); Stedelijk Museum CS, Amsterdam (2006) and Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum Fur (2005).

Neshat has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Praemium Imperiale Award in Tokyo (2017), the Crystal Award, World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland (2014), the Silver Lion, 66th Venice Film Festival (2009) and the First International Prize at the 48th Venice Biennale (1999).

Shirin Neshat

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. The Broad Museum in Los Angeles recently hosted a survey exhibition of the last 25 years of Neshat’s work.

The artist lives and works in New York, USA.