Shirin Neshat


Iranian artist Shirin Neshat addresses the role of women in Islamic society through compelling photo and video work. Her early work consisted of photos of veil-covered women in extremely compromised or uncomfortable positions with writing across their hands or faces. Her more recent work deals primarily with the transition between art and cinema, allowing for a narrative to create particular characters. By basing her video on the novel “Women without Men” by Shahrnush Parsipur, the videos allow the narrative to portray themes of refuge and identity. Her new work in the Barbara Gladstone Gallery in New York was widely acclaimed with a review in Art in America and a photo essay with Time Magazine. In 2006 alone, Neshat showed with the Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the Stedelijk Museum CS in Amsterdam and the Lumen Travo Gallery in Amsterdam. Neshat was recently featured with the Venice Beinnale in 1999 and the Whitney Biennial of 2000.