Shirin Neshat شیرین نشاط (born March 26, 1957 in Qazvin, Iran) is a contemporary visual artist who lives in New York. She is known primarily for her work in film, video and photography.
Her work refers to the social, cultural and religious codes of Muslim societies and the complexity of certain oppositions, such as man and woman. Neshat often emphasizes this theme with the technique of showing two or more coordinated films concurrently, creating stark visual contrasts through such motifs as light and dark, black and white, male and female. Neshat has also made more traditional narrative short films, such as her recent work, Zarin.
The work of Shirin Neshat addresses the social, political and psychological dimensions of women's experience in contemporary Islamic societies. Although Neshat actively resists stereotypical representations of Islam, her artistic objectives are not explicitly polemical. Rather, her work recognizes the complex intellectual and religious forces shaping the identity of Muslim women throughout the world.
* Turbulent, 1998. Two channel video/audio installation.
* Rapture, 1999. Two channel video/audio installation.
* Soliloquy, 1999. Color video/audio installation with artist as the protagonist.
* Fervor, 2000. Two channel video/audio installation.
* Passage, 2001. Single channel video/audio installation.
* Logic of the Birds, 2002. Multi-media Performance.
* The Last Word, 2003. Single channel video/audio installation.
* Mahdokht, 2004. Three channel video/audio installation.
* Zarin, 2005. Single channel video/audio installation.
* Munis, 2008. Color video/audio installation based on Shahrnush Parsipur’s novel Women Without Men.
* Faezeh, 2008. Color video/audio installation based on Shahrnush Parsipur’s novel Women Without Men.
* Games of Desire, 2009
Shirin Neshat, «Allegiance with Wakefulness», 1993
Articles and interviews:
The New York Observer
by Arthur C. Danto
BOMB 73/Fall 2000, ART
TIME Photo Essay
Games of Desire September 3 - October 3, 2009