Introduction & Keynote Address

Shirin Neshat

Contemporary Islamic Art




My presentation will offer an overview of my art and how I have consolidated a vision as an Iranian-born artist, having lived outside of my country since 1996. I will share the challenges I have faced as an artist in respect to a Western audience, Iranian culture and the Muslim community at large. I will discuss as well how I have tried to balance an artistic signature that is deeply personal, yet socio-political and critical, yet sensitive to all forms of religious faiths and ideologies.

Shirin Neshat is an Iranian born artist/filmmaker living in New York. She has held numerous solo exhibitions at galleries and museums internationally, and is represented by Gladstone Gallery in New York. She won the International Award of the LXVIII Venice Biennale in 1999 for two films, Turbulent and Rapture. In 2006 she was awarded the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize and in 2009 Neshat won the Silver Lion for best director at the 66th Venice Film Festival for Women without Men. She is currently working on her second feature film on the Egyptian singer Oum Kolthum, which is expected to be released in 2015.

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