Shameless, 1997
Gelatin silver print, ink
35.6 x 27.9 cm
Edition of 10

artist profile

Shirin Neshat



lives and works

New York, USA


BA, University of California, Berkeley, USA, 1983

about the artist

Shirin Neshat masterfully navigates the media of photography, video art, and film in order to enlighten the world on the plight of the Islamic female in today’s increasingly globalized and also politicized world. Through presenting still or moving imagery that is at the same time visually arresting in erotic, mystical, and poetic ways—as well as mutedly subversive in its philosophical, religious, and spiritual implications—the artist gives the Iranian woman, perhaps most urgently the one within herself, an audible and even powerful voice. Having left Iran before the revolution to pursue higher education abroad, Neshat is now based and working in New York City. Sentiments of exile, displacement, loss, and memory permeate her suite of works that advocate a humanism beyond boundaries and categorically universal. Neshat has received numerous grants and awards, including the New York Foundation for the Arts Photography Fellowship in 1996, the First International Prize at the 48th edition of the Venice Biennale in 1999, the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize in New York in 2006, and the Rockefeller Foundation Media Arts Fellowship and the Cultural Achievement Award given by the Asia Society in New York in 2008. Her photographs exhibited at galleries and museums and her videos screened at festivals and art spaces all over the world, the artist has gone on to produce a feature film, Women Without Men, which then won the Silver Lion at the 66th Venice Film Festival in 2009. 

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21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan

ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst, Copenhagen, Sweden

Art Institute of Chicago, USA

Broad Contemporary Art Museum, Santa Monica, USA

Fondazione Querini Stampalia ONLUS, Venice, Italy

Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy

Fundación Telefónica, Madrid, Spain

International Center of Photography, New York, USA

Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Musac - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Léon, Spain

Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, USA

Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Canada

Queensland Art Gallery-Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria

Tate Britain, London, UK