Shirin Neshat was born in 1957 in Qazvin in Iran. In 1974 she went to the United States to study and remained there for more than twenty years. She currently lives and works in New York. The first phase of her career was characterised by her use of the photographic medium to explore the relationship between being a woman and forms of islamic extremism in her country of origin. She then dedicated herself to film: her videos initially had subversive content that was critical of the Iranian regime, but gradually became more poetic and narrative.
In 2009 Shirin Neshat won the Silver Lion at the 66th Venice Film Festival. Her most important participations in international film festivals include the Cannes Film Festival (2008), Sundance Film Festival (2003) and Locarno International Film Festival (2002). Her work was included in the exhibition ‘Voice of Images’ (2012-13) at Palazzo Grassi.