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Iranian Artist, Shirin Neshat

Shirin Neshat, an Iranian artist who has lived most of her adult life in the US in self-imposed exile from her native Iran, works in photography, video, film and performance.  Her work explores the political and social conditions of Iranian and Muslim life, particularly focusing on women and feminist issues. 

Her Women of Allah series, created in the mid-1990s, introduced the hallmark themes of her pieces through which she examines conditions of male, female, public, private, religious, political, and secular identities in both Iranian and Western cultures.

Neshat first feature film, Women Without Men, which tells the stories of four women struggling to escape oppression in Tehran won her the Silver Lion for best director at the 2010 Venice Film Festival.