Shirin Neshat is a leading contemporary artist. In her videos, films, and photographs she draws upon her Iranian heritage for inspiration and addresses the complexities of the contemporary Muslim world through visually arresting imagery. She has exhibited her works internationally at major museums, galleries, and performance halls.
Her numerous awards include Lillian Gish Prize (New York); Fine Art Prize from Heitland Foundation (Germany); Infinity Award for Visual Art from International Center for Photography (New York); and First International Prize at the 48th Venice Biennale (Italy). Born in Qazvin, Iran, she has lived the United States since 1974 and received an MFA from the University of California, Berkeley.