Shirin Neshat

Shirin Neshat

Detroit Institute of Arts

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Shirin Neshat, an Iranian American artist living in New York City, is widely acclaimed for her extraordinary video installations and art photography. Through visual metaphor and compelling sound, Neshat confronts the complexities of identity, gender, and power to express her own vision that embraces the depth of Islamic tradition and Western concepts of individuality and liberty. This catalogue, which accompanies a mid-career retrospective at the Detroit Institute of Arts, includes insightful essays on her work and in-depth treatment of eight video installations and two series of art photography.


Dr. Babaie is Allianz Visiting Professor for Islamic and Jewish Studies at the University of Munich. She is widely respected for her work on Safavid Persia and also Qajar art and social practice. Most recently she has considered contemporary Persian artists in the context of their cultural heritage.

Rebecca Hart, associate curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts, has published essays about contemporary artists, including Julie Mehretu and Matthew Barney, and the influence of locality on art production.

Nancy Princenthal is a noted critic who has been a contributing editor for Art in America magazine since 1985. She has held numerous academic appointments and has served as a critic scholar.

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