Shirin Neshat



Shirin Neshat (b. 1957) is a renowned Iranian-American photographer and visual artist. Neshat is acclaimed for her poignant images exploring gender and cultural identity frequently created through a Persian lens. 

Neshat's distinct perspective is informed by her experience as a woman artist living in exile from Iran. Reconciling her past and present, Neshat's confronting visual narratives unveil the intricacies and intersection of identity, displacement, and resilience in the face of oppression. 

"Rapture" is a captivating and iconic work from the artist's breakthrough years. The video work features two synchronized black-and-white films projected on opposing walls, battling for the viewer's attention. 

The first screen features a group of men, uniformly dressed as they methodically navigate the confines of a beachfront fortress, as featured in this still image. Meanwhile, the opposing screen showcases a group of women dressed in chadors with unrestricted movement throughout an open shorefront. Towards the film's conclusion, a few women embark on a boat, their destination unknown.

This piece presents a powerful examination of gender within the public sphere, exploring the intricate interplay of culture, government, and religion and their influence on social order - and rebellion.

In 1999, Neshat was awarded with the Golden Lion award for "Rapture" and "Turbulent" (1998). 

Neshat's most recent exhibition in Canada took place at MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), Toronto in the summer of 2022. 

Among her honors and accolades, Neshat is the first artist awarded both the Silver Lion (Best Director, Venice Film Festival, 2009) and the Golden Lion (Venice Biennale, 1999). Neshat's work is celebrated in public collections across the globe including the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Tate Modern (London), and the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam). 

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"Untitled (from Rapture)"


Inkjet print

Signed, titled, dated and numbered on verso

From an edition of 35

15"H 23"W (work)

16.75"H 24.25"W (framed)


Very good condition.

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