Artists & Designers

Shirin Neshat (b. 1957)

Exiled from her home in Iran, New York City-based artist Shirin Neshat investigates the cultural conflicts resulting from the collision of Eastern tradition and Western modernity. Her compelling photographs and poetic video work explore the role of women in Islamic society and their collective cultural identity.

Web Resources

  • TED
    Watch a talk by Shirin Neshat about being an artist in exile.

  • Bomb Magazine
    Read an interview between Shirin Neshat and philosopher Arthur C. Danto.

  • Khan Academy
    Learn more about Shirin Neshat's work and the historical and political situation of Iran.