Shirin Neshat

New York, NY

An visiting artist at the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies in the summer of 2019, Shirin Neshat produced, Offerings, a cinematic portfolio of nine photogravures with black foiling depicting hands opening and closing in a universal gesture of prayer. The hands are overlaid with text from a poem on the sacredness of wine by Omar Khayyam (1048-1131), a Persian poet and mystic.

Born in Qazvin, Iran in 1957, Neshat arrived in the United States in 1974 to complete her education. She received a BA from the University of Berkeley in 1983 and has spent much of her adult life in exile, returning to Iran for the first time in 1993.  Neshat’s photographs, videos and films have been exhibited widely in the United States and internationally at institutions including The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; the Art Institute of Chicago, IL; Dallas Museum of Ar, TX; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MI, among others. She has received numerous honors and awards for her work including First International Prize at the Venice Biennale in 1999 and the Infinity Award from the International Center for Photography, NY in 2002.  Neshat lives and works in New York.  

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