Shirin Neshat/ Shirin Neshat

Iran (islamic Republic Of) 1957

Installation, Photography, Video Art

Shirin Neshat
Shirin Neshat
Female
Iran (islamic Republic Of)
1957

Persian or Iranian art, with its history of more than 2,500 years, has one of the greatest art heritages in the world. Even the recent turbulent political past of Iran, including the decades of political unrest and social upheaval, hasn’t stopped the development of art in this Middle Eastern country. One of the best known Persian artists in the Western world today is Shirin Neshat who gained great respect and recognition for her work which includes photography, performance, film, and video. Her oeuvre focuses on the Muslim women in both universal and personal ways and questions their position in the Iranian society, as well as how they are treated according to the cultural, religious and political circumstances that influence their identities.

Shirin Nestat - New York arts search gladstone contact museum 2012 gallery home
Shirin Nestat – Tooba Series, 2001

Artist Between the United States and Iran

Shirin Neshat was born to a wealthy family from Qazvin, a small city two hours from Tehran, in 1957. At the age of seventeen, she relocated to the United States to complete her education. She obtained her BA, MA, and MFA at UC Berkeley and moved to New York City in 1983. Additionally, she began working at the Storefront for Art and Architecture, an interdisciplinary alternative space in Manhattan. Although Neshat graduated in painting and printmaking, she postponed her career until the early 1990s, when she made her first trip back to Iran. There she realized that the Revolution of the Ayatollahs in 1979 brought enormous changes to Iranian people, both in their mental attitudes and physical appearances, which she described as both ‘frightening and exciting’. Not only did she experience being trapped between two different cultures – American and Iranian – but she also found she was wrestling with the sense of nostalgia for the pre-revolutionary Iran of her childhood. Upon her return to the US, she began creating work that explores issues of her homeland especially the position of women within the predominantly male Islamic community. Her amazing work, especially her photographs, combined with Persian poetry and calligraphy, soon attracted worldwide attention.

Shirin Neshat explores the position of women within the predominantly male community

Shirin Neshat - Rapture Series, 1999 arts new home search gladstone museum 2012
Shirin Neshat – Rapture Series, 1999

Veils, Words and Guns: Women of Allah

From 1993 to 1997, Neshat produced her first body of work, a series of feminist, black-and-white photographs entitled Women of Allah, conceptual narratives on the subject of female warriors during the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Exploring the dichotomy between religion, politics, violence and feminism, the series of impressive, staged photographs depicted women in chadors, some holding guns, others with skin covered by Persian script that few people outside Iran can read. The work became famous for its daring take on femininity under male authority and the way women are treated according to religion and strict political rules. In many pieces, Neshat took on the role of performer.

Shirin Nestat - arts films gallery museum 2012 search gladstone
Shirin Nestat – Untitled, 1995 (Left) / I am its Secret, 1993 (Middle) / Seeking Martyrdom (From the Women of Allah Series), 1995 (Right)

Art by Shirin Neshat

Addressing the theme of the alienation of women in repressed Muslim societies, Shirin Neshat does not only works in photography, but also in a video, film, and performance. She moved from overtly political commentary to the presentation of more poetic imagery and narratives with her video installations, the first being a trilogy comprising of Turbulent (1998), Rapture (1999), and Fervor (2000) dealing with gender differences and roleplaying codified by Iranian interpretations of Sharia law and the implementation of hijab. Since 2003, Neshat has continued to examine the central themes of religion, violence, madness and gender in various works, from the feature film Women Without Men, based on a magic realist novel written by Iranian author Sharnush Parsipour, to her photographic series Zarin and the film Faezeh.

TED Talks presentation by the Iranian Artist

Exhibitions and Recognition

Neshat’s work has received great critical acclaim outside of Iran. Her work has brought her the International Award of the XLVIII Venice Biennale in 1999, The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize in 2006, the Silver Lion for Best Director at the 66th Venice Film Festival in 2009, and 2014 Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to name a few. Her work has been included in numerous solo and group shows in the US, Britain, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, Mexico, and others. Neshat also participated in many film festivals and was a member of the jury at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival. She was declared Artist of the Decade by The Huffington Post critic G. Roger Denson in 2010. American portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz selected and photographed the Iranian artist in 2015, as part of the 43rd Pirelli Calendar which celebrated some of the world’s most inspiring women.

Shirin Neshat - arts films search gladstone gallery
Shirin Neshat – Stories of Martyrdom, 1994

New View of Islamic Culture

More than two decades, the Iranian-born artist, living most of her life in exile in the USA, has explored the ideas of femininity and masculinity, public and private life, exile, and belonging. She is a daring artist who is not afraid to speak up about the changes she was faced with in her home country after being in exile for twelve years after the Revolution. Over the years, she has become known among Iranians as an eminent intellectual force. Her work, which has never been shown in Iran, gives us more complex images of basic human issues in contemporary Islamic societies, rather than the simplistic, stereotypically negative images seen on TV and in movies.

Shirin Neshat is based in New York, NY.

Featured image: Shirin Neshat – work in progress
All images © the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab WorldNational Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.Group
2015She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab WorldCarnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg, PAGroup
2015Shirin Neshat - SoliliquyKitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, ONSolo
2015Love: The First of the 7 VirtuesHVCCA - Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NYGroup
2015FobofiliaFondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, TurinGroup
2015Come as You Are: Art of the 1990sMontclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJGroup
2015Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the middle EastLos Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2015SELF: Portraits of Artists in Their AbsenceNational Academy Museum, New York City, NYGroup
2015She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab WorldCantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Stanford, CAGroup
2015Song of MyselfPalmer Museum of Art, University Park, PAGroup
2015Literary DevicesFisher Landau Center For Art, New York City, NYGroup
2014Shirin Neshat: AfterwardsMATHAF - Arab Museum of Modern Art, DohaSolo
2014Shirin Neshat - Don-t Ask Where The Love Is GoneMultimedia Art Museum - Moscow House of Photography, MoscowSolo
2014Shirin Neshat - Solo ShowMucsarnok Kunsthalle, BudapestSolo
2014Shirin Neshat: Our House Is On FireRauschenberg Foundation Project space, New York City, NYSolo
2014La Biennale de Montréal 2014Biennale de Montréal, Montreal, QCGroup
2014Cruce de coleccionesCentro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM), Las Palmas de Gran CanariaGroup
2014A Tribute To Anita ReinerThe Phillips Collection, Washington, DCGroup
2014FACTS AND FICTIONS Contemporary Photographs from the UniCredit Art CollectionMultimedia Art Museum - Moscow House of Photography, MoscowGroup
2014Manifest Intention. Drawing in all its forms and languagesCastello di Rivoli Museo d-Arte Contemporanea, TurinGroup
2014Post-PortraitSan Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CAGroup
2014Music palace. The power of music seen by visual artistsVilla Empain - Boghossian Foundation,BrusselsGroup
2014Exposure: An Exhibition Of Contemporary PhotographyWright State University Art Galleries,Dayton, OHGroup
2014The New InternationalGarage Museum of Contemporary Art, MoscowGroup
2014Songs of Loss and Songs of LoveGwangju Art Museum, GwangjuGroup
2014Unbound: Contemporary Art After Frida KahloMuseum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA),Chicago, ILGroup
2014Project 06: Conflict: Art And WarContemporary Art Society, LondonGroup
2014Le amazzoni della fotografia dalla collezione di Mario TrevisanPalazzo Fortuny, VeniceGroup
2014Art 14EOA.Projects, Abingdon, OxfordshireGroup
2014Reproductibilitat 1.1Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern, Palma de MallorcaGroup
2013Shirin Neshat : SoliloquyMacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SKSolo
2013Shirin Neshat: Written on the bodyFundación Telefónica, MadridSolo
2013Shirin Neshat - The Book Of KingsGalleri Faurschou, BeijingSolo
2013Facing Nature, collectie De Heus-ZomerMuseum Belvédère, HeerenveenGroup
2013Legacy: Photographs From Emily Fisher Landau’S Gift To The Whitney Museum Of American ArtFisher Landau Center For Art, New York City, NYGroup
2013Eye to I... 3,000 Years of PortraitsKatonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NYGroup
2013La Grande Magia. Opere scelte dalla Collezione UniCreditMAMbo - Galleria d-Arte Moderna di Bologna, BolognaGroup
2013Mijn Derde LandFrankendael Foundation, AmsterdamGroup
2013BeingStorefront for Art and Architecture, New York City, NYGroup
2013Reproductibilitat 1.0Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern, Palma de MallorcaGroup
2013Screened and Selected II: Contemporary Photography and Video Acquisitions 2006–2011Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VTGroup
2013Calligraffiti: 1984-2013Leila Heller Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2013Echoes: Islamic Art and Contemporary ArtistsThe Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MOGroup
2013She Who Tells a Story - Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab WorldMFA - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MAGroup
2013The Ghost of Architecture: Recent and Promised GiftsHenry Art Gallery, Seattle, WAGroup
2013Woman’s World: Contemporary Views of Women by WomenMuseum of Art Fort Lauderdale,Fort Lauderdale, FLGroup
2013Legacy: Photographs from the Emily Fisher Landau CollectionThe Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CTGroup
2013IcasticaGalleria Comunale di Arte Contemporanea Arezzo, ArezzoGroup
2013PHotoEspañaPHotoEspaña, MadridGroup
2013The Second Mediterranean BiennaleSakhnin - Mediterranean Biennale, HaifaGroup
2013All You Need IS LOVEMori Art Museum, TokyoGroup
2013L-Arte è un romanzoPalazzo della Penna, PerugiaGroup
2013Dreams of Reason. Highlights of the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo CollectionCenter of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu - CoCA, TorunGroup
2013The Drawing ProjectFrost Art Museum, Miami, FLGroup
2013Speak to MeSullivan + Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney, NSWGroup
2013Skin: An Artistic AtlasRHA Gallery - Royal Hibernian Academy, DublinGroup
2013Große GefühleKunsthalle Krems, KremsGroup
2012Games Of DesireArt Plural Gallery, SingaporeSolo
2012The Book Of KingsGalerie Jérôme de Noirmont, ParisSolo
2012Shirin Neshat - ToobaSeattle Asian Art Museum, Seattle, WASolo
2012Shirin Neshat - The Book of KingsGladstone Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2012CiblesMusée de la Chasse et de la Nature, ParisGroup
2012Oriental Mirages, Pomegranates and Prickly PearsCollection Lambert, AvignonGroup
2012A meno di non ricorrere a una fotografiaM & D ARTE, GorgonzolaGroup
2012A Subtle PerfumeCAN Foundation - Space CAN Seoul, SeoulGroup
2012La Belle et la BêteInstitut culturel Bernard Magrez, BordeauxGroup
2012OC CollectsOrange County Museum of Art, Newport BeachGroup
2012Battleground StatesUtah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, UTGroup
2012La voce delle immaginiPalazzo Grassi - Francois Pinault Foundation, VeniceGroup
2012The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art and SocietyPrinceton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJGroup
2012Iranian Arts NowCité Internationale des Arts, ParisGroup
2012Oltre il muroCastello di Rivoli Museo d-Arte Contemporanea, TurinGroup
2012Landscape: Scene Re-seenWestport Arts Center, Westport, CTGroup
2012Shortening Distances. Asian Panorama Of The MusacMusac - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, LéonGroup
2012FemmescapesMills College Art Museum, Oakland, CAGroup
2012La maschera e il voltoGalleria Cart, Monza (MB)Group
2012The Samawi Collection IIAyyam Gallery, BeirutGroup
2012Realities FictionsEs Baluard Museu d’Art Modern, Palma de MallorcaGroup
2012More to TellMuseum het Domein, SittardGroup
2012Performing for the CameraASU Art Museum - Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZGroup
2011Shirin Neshat: PassageNevada Museum of Art NMA, Reno, NVSolo
2011Shirin Neshat: Soliloquy Yorkshire Sculpture Park - YSP, Wakefield, West YorkshireSolo
2011Performa 11Performa, New York City, NYGroup
2011You Are Not AloneMARCO Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, VigoGroup
2011A Dream of Eternity: The Artist Long Time East - Villa EmpainBoghossian Foundation,BrusselsGroup
2011In the Name of the ArtistsAstrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, OsloGroup
2011An Autobiography of Our CollectionVancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BCGroup
2011Tale Spinning Bates College Museum of Arts, Lewiston, MEGroup
2011Vis A VisEs Baluard Museu d’Art Modern, Palma de MallorcaGroup
2011Pulso IranianoOi Futuro, Rio de Janeiro, RJGroup
2011ContinuumSundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2011El Espacio IntermedioMACUF Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Union Fenosa, A CoruñaGroup
2011I Know Something About Love part IIGlynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, WalesGroup
2011A Tribute to PhotographyPrimo Marella Gallery Milan, MilanGroup
2011TRA. The edge of becomingPalazzo Fortuny, VeniceGroup
2011She MeStedelijk Museum Zwolle, ZwolleGroup
2011MiragensCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB, BrasiliaGroup
2011Portraits - La ConciergerieCentre d-art contemporain, La Motte-ServolexGroup
2011Big Picture (Orte Projektionen)K21 Ständehaus, DusseldorfGroup
2011Regarding Iran the apparent acquiescence of conceptual poeticsThe Guild Art Gallery,MumbaiGroup
2011Of women´s modesty and anger - Villa EmpainBoghossian Foundation, BrusselsGroup
2011I Know Something About LoveParasol unit, LondonGroup
2011MiragensInstituto Tomie Ohtake, São PauloGroup
2011Miragens Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB, São PauloGroup
2010RaptureMMoCA - The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WISolo
2010Games of DesireMongin Art Center, SeoulSolo
2010MiragensCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB, Rio de Janeiro, RJGroup
2010Mutter_Neue Bilder in zeitgenössischer KunstMinoriten Kultur, GrazGroup
2010Politics of ArtNational Museum of Contemporary Art - EMST, AthensGroup
2010Il museo privato. La passione per l-arte contemporanea nelle collezioni bergamascheGAMeC - Galleria d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, BergamoGroup
2010RoundaboutWellington City Gallery, WellingtonGroup
2010DiaboliqueOakville Galleries, Oakville, ONGroup
2010Calder to Warhol: Introducing the Fisher CollectionSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CAGroup
2010ARTE Y POLITICA : CONFLICTOS Y DISYUNTIVASMuseo de Arte de Culiacán, CuliacánGroup
2010Photography by Women ArtistsAlbright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NYGroup
2010La polifonia del mondo Photographs 1964 - 2010De Primi Fine Art, LuganoGroup
2010Exposure: Photos from the VaultDenver Art Museum, Denver, COGroup
2010VulnerabilityFlatland Gallery, UtrechtGroup
2010Tehran-New YorkLeila Heller Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2010DisquietedPortland Art Museum, Portland, ORGroup
2010DiaboliqueGalerie de l’UQAM, Montreal, QCGroup
2009Shirin Neshat – Women Without MenKulturhuset Stockholm, StockholmSolo
2009Games of desireGalerie Jérôme de Noirmont, ParisSolo
2009Shirin Neshat - Turbulent Galleri Faurschou, CopenhagenSolo
2009Shirin Neshat - Games of DesireGladstone Gallery, BrusselsSolo
2009Shirin Neshat - Women without MenNational Museum of Contemporary Art - EMST, AthensSolo
2009BAROCK – Art, Science, Faith and Technology in the Contemporary AgeMuseo D-Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina - MADRE, NaplesGroup
2009Being in the World: Selections from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros CollectionCIFO - Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, FLGroup
2009She Is a Femme FataleBerardo Museum - Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, LisbonGroup
2009Five Decades Of Passion - Part Two: The Founding Of The Center, 1989–1991Fisher Landau Center For Art, New York City, NYGroup
2009Routes IIWaterhouse & Dodd, LondonGroup
2009La Grande Spolveratrice e altre storieAssab One, MilanGroup
2009DARKSIDE II - Fotografische Macht und fotografierte Gewalt, Krankheit und TodFotomuseum Winterthur, WinterthurGroup
2009VideniePerm Museum of Contemporary Art, PermGroup
2009Bad HabitsAlbright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NYGroup
2009Here & NowSundaram Tagore Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2009FACES: Chuck Close and Contemporary PortraitureNevada Museum of Art NMA, Reno, NVGroup
2009The Female Gaze: Women Look At WomenCheim & Read, New York City, NYGroup
2009Kreuzungspunkte Linz. Junge Kunst und MeisterwerkeLentos Kunstmuseum Linz, LinzGroup
2009Selseleh,Zelzeleh: Movers & Shakers in Contemporary Iranian ArtLeila Heller Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2009Louis Vuitton: A Passion for CreationHong Kong Museum of Art, Hong KongGroup
2009EJAF Photography PortfolioJackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GAGroup
2009Mi Vida – From Heaven to HellMucsarnok Kunsthalle, BudapestGroup
2009Un Certain Etat du Monde ? (A Certain State of the World ? )Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, MoscowGroup
2009Collective Exhibition 3 ZonesGalería Vértice, OviedoGroup
200930th Anniversary Exhibition, Part 1Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2009Die Macht des OrnamentsBelvedere, ViennaGroup
2008Shirin Neshat: Women Without MenNewcomb Art Gallery , New Orleans, LASolo
2008Shirin Neshat - Women without MenARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, AarhusSolo
2008Shirin Neshat - Nouvelles oeuvresGalerie Jérôme de Noirmont, ParisSolo
2008Shirin NeshatGladstone Gallery - New York, New York City, NYSolo
2008The Prisoner-s Dilemma: Selections from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros CollectionCIFO - Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, FLGroup
2008Human Nature(s)Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MAGroup
2008Prospect.1 New OrleansProspect New Orleans, New Orleans, LAGroup
2008Just PaperLeila Heller Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2008Listen Darling… The World is YoursEllipse Foundation, AlcoitãoGroup
2008RoutesWaterhouse & Dodd, LondonGroup
2008Collective ExhibitionGalería Vértice, OviedoGroup
2008So Close So Far Away - H+F CollectionMuseum het Domein, SittardGroup
2008Pasións Privadas, Visións PúblicasMARCO Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, VigoGroup
2008Biennale di Alessandria - Shapes of TimeBiennale di Alessandria, AlessandriaGroup
2008Sol LeWitt x2The Contemporary Austin, Austin, TXGroup
2008Collective ExhibitionGalería Vértice, OviedoGroup
2008Vote for Womenkunst Meran, MeranGroup
2008Typisch!Jüdisches Museum Berlin, BerlinGroup
2008The Third Space: Cultural Identity Today Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MAGroup
2008Erranti nella videoarte contemporaneaMagazzini Del Sale - Palazzo Comunale, SienaGroup
2008Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East British Museum, LondonGroup
2008Pictures in Series: Multiple Visions and Sequential ImageryFisher Landau Center For Art, New York City, NYGroup
2007Shirin Neshat - Zarin (Room II)Galeria Filomena Soares, LisbonSolo
2007So Close So Far Away (Zo dichtbij, zo veraf)BE-PART - Platform voor actuele kunst,WaregemGroup
2007International Incheon Women Artist-s Biennale 2007International Incheon Women Artist-s Biennale, IncheonGroup
2007Il veloCesac - Centro Sperimentale per le Arti Contemporanee, CaraglioGroup
2007Hängung # 1 - FotografieSammlung Alison & Peter W. Klein, Eberdingen-NussdorfGroup
2007Kunst Film BiennaleKunstmuseum Bonn, BonnGroup
2007Weltempfänger10 Jahre Galerie der Gegenwart - Hamburger Kunsthalle, HamburgGroup
2007ExistenciasMusac - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, LéonGroup
2007Objeto de réplica ARTIUM - Basque Museum Center of Contemporary Art, Vitoria-Gasteiz Group
2007Time Past - Time PresentIstanbul Modern, IstanbulGroup
2007An Interpersonal JourneySantralistanbul, IstanbulGroup
2007The Loaded LensGoodman Gallery Cape, Cape TownGroup
2007Generation 1.5Queens Museum of Art (QMA), New York City, NYGroup
2007Prague Biennale 3Prague Biennale, PragueGroup
2007ReverenceHVCCA - Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NYGroup
2007Collectors 1 - Collezione La GaiaCesac - Centro Sperimentale per le Arti Contemporanee,CaraglioGroup
2007100 Jahre Kunsthalle MannheimStädtische Kunsthalle Mannheim, MannheimGroup
2007Die Kunst zu SammelnMuseum Kunstpalast, DusseldorfGroup
2007Passion for Art - 35 Jahre Essl MuseumEssl Museum - Kunst der Gegenwart, KlosterneuburgGroup
2007So close So far awayCrac Alsace, AltkirchGroup
2007Portraits de l-autre Begin DateMusée d-Ixelles, BrusselsGroup
2007Not For SaleMoMA PS1, New York City, NYGroup
2007Lights, Camera, Action: Artists´ Films for the CinemaWhitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NYGroup
2007MAG I C L I N EMUSEION - Museum für moderne und zeitgenössische Kunst , BolzanoGroup
2007Postfotografía: trayectoria del objeto 2Galería Horrach Moyà, Palma de MallorcaGroup
2006Passage - Video by Shirin NeshatSecond Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VASolo
2006Shirin Neshat - ToobaIMA Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, QLDSolo
2006Shirin Neshat: ToobaSeattle Asian Art Museum, Seattle, WASolo
2006Estrecho DudosoFundación Ars Teor Etica, San JoséGroup
20061. Bienal de CanariasBienal de Canarias, Las Palmas de Gran CanariaGroup
2006Construyendo el mundoMuseo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey MARCO, Monterrey, NLGroup
2006Home: Living with Contemporary ArtIndianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art - iMOCA,Indianapolis, INGroup
2006Sammlung Essl - Kunst der GegenwartKunstverein Villa Wessel, Iserlohn Group
2006KapitalKent Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2006Peintres de la vie moderne Modern-life painters - Donation - Caisse des Dépôts- photograph collectionCentre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, ParisGroup
2006EreticaCivica Galleria d-Arte Moderna, Palermo, PalermoGroup
2006Summer Collective ExhibitionGalería Vértice, OviedoGroup
2006Fundación Telefónica. Colección de Fotografía ContemporáneaMuseo de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo de Santander (MAS), SantanderGroup
2006A selected stateEmily Tsingou Gallery, LondonGroup
2006Parcours - Bilder vom OrientHamburger Kunsthalle, HamburgGroup
2006PossessedWestern Bridge, Seattle, WAGroup
2006Speaking with handsMuseum Folkwang Essen, EssenGroup
2006Word into ArtArtSchool Palestine, LondonGroup
2006Access for AllMuseum Jan Cunen, OssGroup
2006To the Human Future - Flight from the Dark SideArt Tower Mito ATM, MitoGroup
2006La visíon impura - Fondos de la colección permanenteMuseo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, MadridGroup
2006DreamtimeARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst, IshojGroup
2006Nomaden im KunstsalonBegegnungen mit der Moderne von Bayer bis Sol LeWitt - Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, LinzGroup
2005Shirin Neshat - PossessedPinakothek der Moderne, MunichSolo
2005Shirin Neshat - ZarinGladstone Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2005Shirin Neshat - Hamburger BahnhofMuseum für Gegenwart, BerlinSolo
2005Shirin Neshat - The Last WordMusac - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León,LéonSolo
2005The 6th Hiroshima Art Prize - Shirin NeshatHiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art,HiroshimaSolo
2005Shirin Neshat: ToobaDunedin Public Art Gallery, DunedinSolo
2005Shirin Neshat - FervorH&R Block Artspace at Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MOSolo
2005Zoo Story: An exhibition of animals in art - for the young and the young at heartFisher Landau Center For Art, New York City, NYGroup
2005Orientalismi - Forms of OrientalismStudio La Città, VeronaGroup
2005Hablando con las manos - Fotografías de la Colección BuhlMuseo Guggenheim de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo, BilbaoGroup
2005War is over - 1945 - 2005 la libertá dell-arte da Picasso a Warhol a CattelanGAMeC - Galleria d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, BergamoGroup
2005TranslationPalais de Tokyo, ParisGroup
2005BidibidobidibooFondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, TurinGroup
2005Boost in the Shell AEROPLASTICS contemporary, BrusselsGroup
2005SomeStories - Magazin4Bregenzer Kunstverein, BregenzGroup
2005Some StoriesMinoriten Kultur, GrazGroup
2005About BeautyHaus der Kulturen der Welt, BerlinGroup
2005L-Opera al neroGalleria d-Arte 2000 & Novecento, Reggio EmiliaGroup
2005SkinGalleria Daniele Ugolini, FlorenceGroup
2005Counting the Ways: Word As ImageFisher Landau Center For Art, New York City, NYGroup
2005The Telefonica Contemporary Photography CollectionMARCO Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, VigoGroup
2004The Print ShowExit Art, New York City, NYGroup
2004Het OfferMuseum De Beyerd, BredaGroup
2004PremieresMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYGroup
2004D’une Image Qui Ne Serait Pas Du Semblant. La Photographie Ecrite. 1950-2005Passage de Retz, ParisGroup
2004Paula-s HomeLentos Kunstmuseum Linz, LinzGroup
2004In Focus - Themes in Photography Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NYGroup
2004Non Toccare la Donna BiancaFondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, TurinGroup
2004Coup de coeur IICrac Alsace, AltkirchGroup
2004TransculturesNational Museum of Contemporary Art - EMST, AthensGroup
2004Fundación -La Caixa-. Colección de Arte ContemporáneoMuseo de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo de Santander (MAS), SantanderGroup
2004About Face portrait - Photography and the Death of the PortraitHayward Gallery, LondonGroup
2004Monument to nowDeste Foundation for Contemporary Art, AthensGroup
2004OutsideJim Kempner Fine Art, New York City, NYGroup
2004Love Hate. From Magritte to CattelanVilla Manin. Centro d-arte contemporanea, Codroipo, UDGroup
2004Support - Die Neue Galerie als Sammlung1950 - Heute - Neue Galerie Graz - Universalmuseum Joanneum, GrazGroup
2004Per amoreGalleria Civica d’arte contemporanea Montevergini, SiracusaGroup
2004Entfernte Nähe - Neue Positionen Iranischer KünstlerHaus der Kulturen der Welt, BerlinGroup
2004Die Neue Kunsthalle III - materiell-ImmateriellStädtische Kunsthalle Mannheim, MannheimGroup
2004L-Arte in TestaMACI Museo Arte Contemporanea Isernia, IserniaGroup
2004Je t’envisage - La disparition du portraitMusée de l´Elysée, LausanneGroup
2004Making Faces: The Death of the Portrait (Je t’envisage: La disparition du portrait)Musée de l´Elysée, LausanneGroup
2004The Amazing & The ImmutableUniversity of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum,Tampa, FLGroup
2004Happy BirthdayGalerie Jérôme de Noirmont, ParisGroup
2003TOOBA: Shirin NeshatAsia Society and Museum, New York City, NYSolo
2003Bill Viola and Sherin NeshatThe State Hermitage Museum, St. PetersburgGroup
2003Cara a CaraFundação Caixa Geral de Depósitos - Culturgest, LisbonGroup
2003Sandretto Re Rebaudengo CollectionIVAM - Institut Valencià d-Art Modern, ValenciaGroup
2003Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo collectionFondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, TurinGroup
2003Strangers: the first ICP triennial of photography and videoICP - International Center of Photography, New York City, NYGroup
2003Female TurbulenceAEROPLASTICS contemporary, Brussels Group
2003AccrochageGalleri Faurschou, CopenhagenGroup
2003The Mythical Being of DesireGlass Curtain Gallery - Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, ILGroup
2003Höhepunkte der PhotographieLentos Kunstmuseum Linz, LinzGroup
2003Nancy Spero and Shirin NeshatGaleria Filomena Soares, Lisbon Group
2003Human Stories - Photographs and paintings from the Essl CollectionLudwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art, BudapestGroup
2003How We LiveQueensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, QLDGroup
2003VeilInstitute of International Visual Arts - Iniva, LondonGroup
2002PassageThe Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg, PASolo
2002Shirin Neshat - Extase (Rapture, 1999)Museo Guggenheim de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo, BilbaoSolo
2002Shirin Neshat - VideoCentre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, WarsawSolo
2002RaptureVirginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VASolo
2002Shirin NeshatCastello di Rivoli Museo d-Arte Contemporanea, TurinSolo
2002Contemporary Iranian PhotographyThessaloniki Museum of Photography, ThessalonikiGroup
2002Logic Of The BirdsArtangel, LondonGroup
2002Real LifeTate St. Ives, St. Ives, CornwallGroup
2002Utopie Quotidiane - L-uomo e i suoi sogni nell-arte dal 1960 ad oggiPAC - Padiglione d-Arte Contemporanea, MilanGroup
2002Synopsis 2 - TheologiesNational Museum of Contemporary Art - EMST, AthensGroup
2002Mask or Mirror? A Play of PortraitsWorcester Art Museum, Worcester, MAGroup
2002The NewArt ExhibitionTehran Museum of Contemporary Art, TehranGroup
2002Documenta 11Edition Schellmann, MunichGroup
2002Iconos Metropolitanos Núcleo -New York- XXV Bienal de San PabloFundación PROA, Buenos AiresGroup
2002Moving PicturesSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NYGroup
2002Documenta 11Documenta, KasselGroup
200225° Bienal de São PauloBienal de Sao Paulo, São PauloGroup
2002Photography TransformedThe Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OHGroup
2002Augenblick - Foto KunstEssl Museum - Kunst der Gegenwart, KlosterneuburgGroup
2002Doble FiloBilbao Arte, BilbaoGroup
2001Shirin Neshat - Rapture - Film Installation and PhotographsASU Art Museum - Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZSolo
2000Shirin Neshat - Matrix 187: TurbulentBerkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive BAM,PFA, Berkeley, CASolo
2000Shirin Neshat - Concentrations 34Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TXSolo
1999Shirin Neshat - RaptureGalerie Jérôme de Noirmont, ParisSolo
1999Shirin Neshat: Rapture D-Amelio Terras, New York City, NYSolo
1999FOCUS: Shirin Neshat, RuptureThe Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, ILSolo
1999Unfinished HistoryMuseum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, ILSolo
1997Women of AllahArtspeak, Vancouver, BCSolo
1996Ghostwriter 1Mercer Union, Toronto, ONSolo