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Shirin Neshat / international

Shirin Neshat explores perceptions of love, sexuality and ageing by accentuating the lyrical and musical competition between couples during a traditional courtship Laotian ritual.

Presentation

Shirin Neshat explores perceptions of love, sexuality and ageing by accentuating the lyrical and musical competition between couples during a traditional courtship Laotian ritual. With the participation and help of a group of Laotian male and female singers as well as anthropologist Catherine Choron-Baix, Neshat filmed and produced the series Games of Desire. This series features a set of 14 colour photographs and 6 film sequences of the Laotian people posing in front of a background covered in lyrics of these courting songs written a Farsi – a nod to her previous series, Women of Allah.

Biography

Shirin Neshat was born in Qazvin, Iran, and moved to the United States in 1974. She currently lives and works in New York. She has held several solo exhibitions, including the National Museum of Contemporary Arts, Athens; ARoS Kunstmuseum, Arhus, Denmark; Stedelijik Museum, Amsterdam; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Leon, Spain; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montreal, Canada; Castello di Rivoli, Rivoli-Turin; Dallas Museum of Art; the Art Institute of Chicago; and the Serpentine Gallery, London. She has taken part in Documenta XI, the 1999 Venice Biennale, and the 2000 Whitney Biennale. She has been awarded the First International Award at the 48th Venice Biennale, the Hiroshima Freedom Prize, and the Lillian Gish Prize.

Exhibitions

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2014

Shirin Neshat: Afterwards, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar
Shirin Neshat, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
Shirin Neshat, Mücsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest
Shirin Neshat: Our House is on Fire, Rauschenberg Foundation Project Space, New York

2013

Shirin Neshat: Written on the Body, Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Madrid
Shirin Neshat, Dirimart, Istanbul
The Book of Kings, Faurschou Foundation, Beijing
Shirin Neshat, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan

2012

Games of Desire, Art Plural Gallery, Singapore
The Book of Kings, Gladstone Gallery, New York
The Book of Kings, Galerie Jerome de Noirmont, Paris

2011

Women Without Men, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy
Shirin Neshat: Soliloquy,Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, England

2010

Shirin Neshat, La Fabrica Galeria, Madrid

2009

Games of Desire, Gladstone Gallery, Brussels
Games of Desire, Galerie Jerome de Noirmont, Paris
Women Without Men, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens
Shirin Neshat: Turbulent, Galleri Faurschou, Copenhagen

2008

Shirin Neshat, Gladstone Gallery, New York
Shirin Neshat: Women Without Men, Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans
Shirin Neshat: New Works, Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris
Women Without Men, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark
Shirin Neshat, National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik

2007

Shirin Neshat: Zarin, Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon

2006

Shirin Neshat: Secret of the Veil, Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland
Shirin Neshat, Stedelijk Museum CS, Amsterdam
Shirin Neshat, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria
Shirin Neshat, Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam

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