Artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat was born in Qazvin, Iran in 1957, and left to study art in the United States at age 17. Neshat graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with an MFA in 1982. Her video installations and photographic works explore the political and social conditions of Iranian and Muslim culture, particularly focusing on gender issues and questions of power. Neshat's work in various media reveal poetic meditations on memory, martyrdom, revolution and social change.
Neshat has had numerous solo exhibitions at galleries and museums worldwide, including: the Detroit Institute of Arts (2013); the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2006); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2005); the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2002); Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2001); and the Serpentine Gallery, London (2000), among others. She is the recipient of various awards, including the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale (1999), the Hiroshima Freedom Prize (2005), the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize (2006), and the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum, Davos (2014). In 2009, Neshat directed her first feature-length film, Women Without Men, which received the Silver Lion for Best Direction at the Venice International Film Festival. Declared Artist of the Decade in 2010 by The Huffington Post, Neshat is represented by Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels. The artist currently lives and works in New York.
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