Shirin Neshat

Shirin Neshat is an internationally renowned Iranian artist living and working in New York. Her photographic and installation work, which explores the social, cultural and religious codes of Muslim societies in general, and Iranian in particular, has been exhibited in solo shows at the Serpentine Gallery and Tate, London, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Philip Morris Branch, New York, the Kunsthalle Wien, the Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia, the Lumo Travo Gallery, Amsterdam, the Gladstone Gallery New York, the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, the Auckland Art Gallery and the Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Dirimart, Istanbul, the Art Plural Gallery, Singapore and the Faurschou Foundation, Beijing. 

Her group exhibitions include the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the 48th Venice Biennale, the Sydney Biennale, the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh, the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale, the Guggeheim Museum of Art, New York, the Centre de Cultura Contemporania, Barcelona, the Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, the Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico, the House of World Culture, Berlin, and the Hudson Valley Centre for Contemporary Art, New York and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. 

Among her awards are the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art Prize, First International Prize at the 48th Venice Biennale, the Visual Art Award, Edinburgh International Festival, the Grand Prix at the Kwangju Biennale Korea and the Prize for Best Project at ARCO in Madrid. In 2009 she won the Silver Lion for best director at the 66th Venice Film Festival for her directional debut Women Without Men