Shirin Neshat Artworks

The instruction that women wear the chador by Islamic law provided the central focus for Shirin Neshat's first photographic series 'Women of Allah' (1993–1997). In these black-and-white photographs, Neshat explores femininity in relation to Islamic fundamentalism through self-portraits. The artist's body is covered in a chador, showing only her hands, face, and feet, which are covered in Farsi poetry to signal the strength of individual thought.

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Video Works

In 1998, Neshat created her video installation Turbulent (1998), which won her the Golden Lion Award, the First International Prize, at the 48th Venice Biennale in 1999. The two-channel video depicts the contrasting freedoms of expression given to Iranian men and women through two scenes. The first shows a male singer standing on a stage singing a love song written by 13th-century poet Rumi, at the end of which he receives a round of applause; the second shows a woman gasping and warbling to an empty theatre, receiving, unlike the man, no applause.

Turbulent is the first in a trilogy of films that includes Rapture (1999) and Fervor (2000), all of which use dual screens to represent culturally entrenched oppositions between men and women and the individual and the collective.

Other film works include Possessed (2001), which was shot in Morocco and captures a woman without chador roaming the streets of Iran in a state of madness. The woman is ignored by those around her until she reaches a platform in a public square, attracting a crowd who begin to debate her hysteric gestures. With the woman's private suffering transformed into public spectacle, the crowd begins to take on her traits of madness, while the woman eventually slips away.

Feature Films

In 2009, Neshat directed her first feature film, Women Without Men, for which she won the Silver Lion for best director at the 66th Venice Film Festival. Based on Shahrnush Parsipur's 1989 magical realist novel of the same name, the film follows the lives of four women during the British- and American-backed coup of 1953 in Iran.

Neshat's other feature-length films include Looking For Oum Kulthum (2017) and Land of Dreams (2021), the latter of which is part of a larger body of work of the same name that includes a photographic series and two-channel film installation (2019–2021). Shot in New Mexico in 2019, the feature film and video work follow Simin, an Iranian-American 'dream catcher', who is assigned to record the dreams and take portraits of various strangers. The photographic series includes portraits of New Mexico residents that Neshat met while filming, whom she also asked to describe their dreams. These are recorded in Farsi in many of the portraits, as seen in Paulita Cowboy (2019). All of Neshat's feature films were directed in collaboration with Shoja Azari.

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I am its Secret (from Women of Allah series) by Shirin Neshat contemporary artwork photography, print
Shirin Neshat I am its Secret (from Women of Allah series), 1993 Chromogenic print
49.4 x 33.5 cm
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Tooba Series by Shirin Neshat contemporary artwork photography
Shirin Neshat Tooba Series, 2002 Cibachrome print
121.9 x 152.4 cm
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The Fury by Shirin Neshat contemporary artwork sculpture, moving image
Shirin Neshat The Fury, 2022 Two-channel video installation HD video monochrome
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Marry, from The Fury series by Shirin Neshat contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, print, drawing
Shirin Neshat Marry, from The Fury series, 2023 Digital c-print and ink
121.9 x 182.9 cm
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Flavia, from The Fury series by Shirin Neshat contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, print, drawing
Shirin Neshat Flavia, from The Fury series, 2023 Digital c-print with ink and acrylic
121.9 x 182.9 cm
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Moonsong (Women of Allah Series) by Shirin Neshat contemporary artwork photography
Shirin Neshat Moonsong (Women of Allah Series), 1995 Black and white print and ink (photo taken by Cynthia Preston)
27.9 x 35.6 cm
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Offered Eyes by Shirin Neshat contemporary artwork painting, sculpture, photography
Shirin Neshat Offered Eyes, 1993 Gelatin silver print on photo paper, edited
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Stripped by Shirin Neshat contemporary artwork photography
Shirin Neshat Stripped, 1995 Black and white RC print and ink (photo taken by Kyong Park)
35.6 x 27.9 cm
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Sarah by Shirin Neshat contemporary artwork moving image
Shirin Neshat Sarah, 2016 Single-channel video installation, 12 minutes, 55 seconds
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Untitled, from Roja Series by Shirin Neshat contemporary artwork photography
Shirin Neshat Untitled, from Roja Series, 2016 Silver gelatin print
104.1 x 154.9 x 5.7 cm (incl frame)
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Offerings by Shirin Neshat contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, photography, drawing
Shirin Neshat Offerings, 2019 Silver gelatin print and ink
76.2 x 61 cm
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Offerings by Shirin Neshat contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, photography, drawing
Shirin Neshat Offerings, 2019 Silver gelatin print and ink
76.2 x 61 cm
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Offerings by Shirin Neshat contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, photography, drawing
Shirin Neshat Offerings, 2019 Silver gelatin print and ink
76.2 x 61 cm
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Offerings by Shirin Neshat contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, photography, drawing
Shirin Neshat Offerings, 2019 Silver gelatin print and ink
76.2 x 61 cm
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Untitled, from Women of Allah series by Shirin Neshat contemporary artwork photography
Shirin Neshat Untitled, from Women of Allah series, 1995 LE silver gelatin print
152.4 x 101.6 cm
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The Colony by Shirin Neshat contemporary artwork sculpture, moving image
Shirin Neshat The Colony, 2019 Video and sound installation
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Land of Dreams by Shirin Neshat contemporary artwork sculpture, moving image
Shirin Neshat Land of Dreams, 2019 Video and sound installation
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Jenasis Greer, from Land of Dreams series by Shirin Neshat contemporary artwork photography, drawing, mixed media
Shirin Neshat Jenasis Greer, from Land of Dreams series, 2019 C-print and ink
182.9 x 121.9 cm
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Isaac Silva, from Land of Dreams series by Shirin Neshat contemporary artwork photography, drawing, mixed media
Shirin Neshat Isaac Silva, from Land of Dreams series, 2019 C-print and ink
152.4 x 101.6 cm
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Simin, from Land of Dreams series by Shirin Neshat contemporary artwork photography, drawing, mixed media
Shirin Neshat Simin, from Land of Dreams series, 2019 C-print and ink
205.7 x 137.2 cm
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Moon Song, from Women of Allah series by Shirin Neshat contemporary artwork photography
Shirin Neshat Moon Song, from Women of Allah series, 1995 Black and white print and ink
107.6 x 157.5 cm
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Muhammed (Patriots) by Shirin Neshat contemporary artwork photography
Shirin Neshat Muhammed (Patriots), 2012 Ink on LE silver gelatin print
152.4 x 114.3 cm
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All Demons Flee (Women of Allah Series) by Shirin Neshat contemporary artwork photography
Shirin Neshat All Demons Flee (Women of Allah Series), 1995 LE gelatin silver print (photo taken by Bahman Jallali)
115 x 166 x 4.8 cm
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Untitled by Shirin Neshat contemporary artwork photography
Shirin Neshat Untitled, 2016 Silver gelatin print
101.6 x 152.4 cm
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Seema, from The Fury series by Shirin Neshat contemporary artwork painting, photography
Shirin Neshat Seema, from The Fury series, 2023 Digital c-print and acrylic
101.6 x 152.4 cm
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Julie, from The Fury Series by Shirin Neshat contemporary artwork painting, photography
Shirin Neshat Julie, from The Fury Series, 2023 Digital c-print and acrylic
101.6 x 152.4 cm
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Marry, from The Fury series by Shirin Neshat contemporary artwork painting, photography
Shirin Neshat Marry, from The Fury series, 2023 Digital c-print and acrylic
101.6 x 152.4 cm
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Ana #2, form The Fury series by Shirin Neshat contemporary artwork painting, photography
Shirin Neshat Ana #2, form The Fury series, 2023 Digital c-print and acrylic
182.9 x 121.9 cm
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Ana #3, from The Fury Series by Shirin Neshat contemporary artwork painting, photography
Shirin Neshat Ana #3, from The Fury Series, 2023 Digital c-print and acrylic
101.6 x 152.4 cm
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Daniela #2, from The Fury series by Shirin Neshat contemporary artwork painting, photography
Shirin Neshat Daniela #2, from The Fury series, 2023 Digital c-print and acrylic
101.6 x 152.4 cm
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Flavia #2, from The Fury series by Shirin Neshat contemporary artwork painting, photography
Shirin Neshat Flavia #2, from The Fury series, 2023 Digital c-print and acrylic
121.9 x 182.9 cm
Goodman Gallery Request Price & Availability
Marry #2, from the Fury series by Shirin Neshat contemporary artwork painting, photography
Shirin Neshat Marry #2, from the Fury series, 2023 Digital c-print and acrylic
121.9 x 182.9 cm
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