Shirin Neshat

Shirin Neshat himself is a wanderer between the worlds, a homeless. At the age of seventeen, 1975, she went to the art academy in the USA. Four years later Persia became the Islamic Republic after the fall of the absolutist Shah regime.

After eleven years in the US, Neshat returns to Iran in 1990, a year after Khomeini's death - what she found was a radically altered world. A world which had altogether alienated her, which at the same time captivated and disturbed her. In the search for her identity between Western standards, her own - Persian culture and contemporary Iran, she developed her own and new artistic self - image through photography and film. Her penetrating and ambiguous photographs and film work emerge as a "passionate researcher.

The conditions there stimulate them to realize the photoseries "Women of Allah" - the beginning of their artistic creation. Neshat describes her experiences as a foreigner in her own country: "It started with a shock, I was fascinated by how the country had changed - from Persia, as I knew it, to the Islamic republic, which is a drastic change: Persian culture Based on entirely different values ​​than the Muslim, it is less rigid, much poetic, much more literary, it is a very old tradition, the new government brought a strict, pure form of Islam into the country, trying to eradicate Persian history By a general, Islamic culture. "

After a few years of working as a photographer, she turned to film and video art in the mid-1990s. Most of their video works are created between 1997 and 2001. If Neshat had so far mainly dealt with Islamic culture, it now begins to question Western values. In 1999 she received the International Prize of the 48th Venice Biennale for her video installations "Turbulent" and "Rapture".

In 2001, Shirin Neshat began working with Sussan Deyhim, a composer, singer and performance artist from the field of experimental music. In the jointly realized video "Logic of the Birds" Neshat also processes her feelings and fears as an Iranian living in the USA after the assassinations of 11 September 2001.

In 2009 Shirin Neshat makes her debut as a feature film director: "Women without Men" is premiered in the competition of the 66th Venice Film Festival and honored with the Silver Lion for Best Director.