Shirin Neshat

Shirin Neshat is a persian artist who emigrated to the US. She does installation art, movies & photographs. Her work is often about on human identity with focus on differences in gender & culture.

Neshat left Iran during the Islamic Revolution in 1979 & started to come back to visit Iran in the 90´s. She was very inspired by the situation women are in within the Iranian society & the changes that the revolution brought.

Neshat has fx showed in her work how she feel about gender ideals in Iranian society. Fx in her work that women in Iran are in fact strong & often dares to break the rules. Where men often play the safe card. One of her points that she shares with scientists like Fatima Mernissi is that women do often not want the man´s position. They don´t want to compete, but they want are bigger change that will also set men free.

Below are some beautiful capturing pictures from her work.

This is such a powerful picture. From the movie “Women without Men”.

Also from “Women without Men”.

From “Women without men”

Shirin Neshat, Rapture, 1999, video still. Images from Barbara Gladstone Gallery.


Shirin Neshat, Rapture, 1999, video still.


Are they not gorgeous?!!!

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16 thoughts on “Shirin Neshat

  1. amazing powerful images

  2. Jeni Johnson says:

    Powerful images!

  3. Shahina says:

    I saw her exhibit in London many years ago, very interesting (even if some of it scared the bejesus out of my then flatmate haha).. Have you seen any of her short movies? They certainly are powerful

    • monicaali says:

      Hi Shahina : ) So cool that you have been to one of her exhibits. I love her work & I can imagine that your flatmate got scared-hahaha. Especially if you have no idea what she stands for-LOL. Kisses!

  4. @somefactory says:

    I need to look more into this artist.
    Her work is surreal and ‘real’, at the same time

  5. jasminmgrady says:

    Neshat was a FABULOUS artist!!! I commend her for chasing her dreams persistently. Persistence ALWAYS pays off in the long run. 🙂

  6. naughty feet says:

    It is really powerful…

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