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at home: Artists in Conversation
Shirin Neshat, visual artist and filmmaker, in conversation with Oksana Chefranova, Associate Research Scholar, Film and Media Studies Program at Yale

This program is presented through the generosity of the Terry F. Green 1969 Fund for British Art and Culture.

Apr 23, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Shirin Neshat
visual artist and filmmaker
Artist, actress, director, and filmmaker, Neshat was born near Tehran, Iran, in 1957. Now living and working in New York, she initially used photography to explore gender and its relation to the religious and cultural value systems of Islam. Subsequent video works turned to poetic imagery and narratives. Her first feature film, "Women Without Men" (2009), brings together the lives of four women amid Iran's 1953 CIA-backed coup d'état. It received the Silver Lion Award for Best Director at the 66th Venice International Film Festival. "Looking for Oum Kulthum" (2017), follows an Iranian woman in exile and the consequences she faces in a conservative male-dominated society. "Land of Dreams" is a political satire set in near-future America. Neshat earned her BA and MFA from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition to her films, she directed her first opera, "Aida," at the Salzburg Music Festival in 2017. She has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions in museums worldwide.