Aperture is pleased to release a new limited-edition photograph by the artist Shirin Neshat. Neshat's work is featured in issue #231 of Aperture magazine, “Film & Foto.”

In 2009, Neshat directed her first feature-length film, Women Without Men, which received the Silver Lion Award for Best Director at the 66th Venice International Film Festival. Set in 1953 Tehran, the film is an adaptation of a magical-realist novel of the same name, written by Shahrnush Parsipur. It chronicles the lives of four women of different backgrounds immersed in inextricable political and personal turmoil, utilizing what Stephen Holden of the New York Times lauded as “intense chiaroscuro and meticulous manipulation of color . . . [surpassing] even Michael Haneke’s White Ribbon in the fierce beauty and precision of its cinematography.” This iconic film is reproduced here with a painterly softness that speaks to Neshat's masterful ability to transcend the boundaries of film and photography.

Shirin Neshat (born in Iran, 1957) is an artist and filmmaker living in New York. She has mounted numerous solo exhibitions internationally, including at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Serpentine Gallery, London; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; and Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Recent solo exhibitions were at Kunstraum Dornbirn, Austria; Faurschou Foundation, Copenhagen; Kunsthalle Tübingen, Germany; and Museo Correr, Venice, which was an official corollary event to the 57th Biennale di Venezia in 2017. A major retrospective of her work was exhibited at the Detroit Institute of Arts in 2013. Neshat was awarded the Golden Lion Award, the First International Prize at the 48th Biennale di Venezia (1999), the Hiroshima Freedom Prize (2005), and the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize (2006). In 2017, Neshat was awarded the prestigious Praemium Imperiale award for Painting. That same year, Neshat directed Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida at the Salzburg Festival. Neshat recently completed her second feature-length film, entitled Looking for Oum Kulthum, which has been shown internationally at festivals in Doha, Qatar; Florence; Venice; Haifa, Israel; London; Los Angeles; New York; Reykjavik; São Paulo; Toronto; and Tübingen and Hamburg, Germany.
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