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Visual Art: Shirin Neshat

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Shirin Neshat

Iranian-born artist Shirin Neshat explores the paradox of being an artist in exile: a voice for her people, but unable to go home. In her work, she explores Iran pre- and post-Islamic Revolution, tracing political and societal change through powerful images of women.

Shirin Neshat has lived much of her life outside her native Iran. Her photographs and films offer a glimpse of the cultural, religious and political realities that shape the identities of Muslim women worldwide.

“Every Iranian artist, in one form or another, is political. Politics have defined our lives.”

(Source: TED)

Biography (Guggenheim)

Shirin Neshat - the artist of the decade - Huffpost Arts & Culture

The woman behind the screen - The New Yorker

Shirin Neshat -

Shirin Neshat - TED Talk

Examples of work

Shirin Neshat - works (Gladestone Gallery)

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