Iranian-born visual artist Neshat is known for her hauntingly beautiful explorations of Islam and gender relations. Neshat left Iran before the revolution in 1979 and, since 1996, has been unable to return to her country due to the controversial nature of her art. Over the past 15 years, she has created work that draws from her personal experiences in exile and the widening political and ideological rift between the West and the Middle East. Neshat has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (New York) and the Tate Gallery (London), and was the recipient in 1999 of the Golden Lion Award, the First International Prize at the 48th Venice Biennial. In 2009, Neshat won the Silver Lion for Best Director at the 66th Venice Film Festival.

Selected Press

Women Without Men: A Conversation with Shirin Neshat, Leila Darabi, PBS Frontline: Tehran Bureau, May 5, 2010.

Women Without Men – In 1953 Iran, Sisterhood Sought During a Coup, Stephen Holden, The New York Times, May 14, 2010.

Shirin Neshat: An Interview, Eleanor Heartney, Art in America, June 16, 2009.

Shirin Neshat: Women Without Men, Tehran Review.

Shirin Neshat, Arthur C. Danto, BOMB, Fall 2000.

Shirin Neshat: A long way from home, Homa Khaleeli,, June 13, 2010.

Iran’s Hidden Turmoil: Shirin Neshat’s Women Without Men, Sarah Kerr,, May 14, 2010.

Selected Video