Rapture, 1999 (video still)
The Iranian-born visual artist, Shirin Neshat, uses photography and film installations to explore contemporary issues facing Iran and the position of women in Iranian society.
Although Neshat obtained a Masters in Fine Arts, photography became her preferred artistic medium due to its ability to convey realism and immediacy. The majority of her images and videos are shot in black and white, often in sharp contrast to the complex, political framework in which her narratives unfold. Her film Women Without Men is an exception.
Neshat’s appreciation of the Middle Eastern and Indian tradition of tattooing is often depicted in her photographs, enabling a philosophical and beautifully poetic element to develop within her work.
“I know in Iran women are quite powerful, unlike their clichéd image. What I try to convey through my work is that power, which is quite candid.” – Shirin Neshat
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