Born in 1957 in Qazvin, Iran, Shirin Neshat is an exemplary visual artist based in New York City and best-regarded for her photography, video and film work. She uses this multi-disciplinary approach to art to address a plethora of common issues, including cultural history, living in exile, identity crises, religion, and femininity.
Neshat’s visual art pieces are usually focused on the impact of Islamic militancy and fundamentalism and often explore the relationship between the political and the individual. Her 2009 feature film won the Silver Lion for the Best Artist. She has exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.