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Shirin Neshat

  • CountryIran
  • Born1957


Shirin Neshat moved to the United States to study art at the University of California in 1974. The Islamic Revolution of 1979 made a return to her homeland impossible and not until 12 years later did she go back and found the land transformed. Neshat has translated her sense of a permanent exile into her photographs and films. Her images of Iranian women question their role in Islamic society, and Neshat has made the tensions between a collective cultural identity and one driven by the individual one of her main concerns.