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Shirin Neshat, the most famous Iranian video artist and photographer, made her filmmaking debut in 2009 with Women without Men (Zanan bedoone mardan), which won the Silver Lion for Best Director at the Venice Film Festival. Shirin Neshat’s visual art works, like her first film, address the themes of the social and religious motivations that forge the identity of Muslim women. In 1999 she won the Golden Lion at the 48th Venice Art Biennale for the video-installations Turbulent and Rapture. Earlier she had won many acknowledgments for the series Women of Allah, photos of women whose faces were veiled by dense and obsessive calligraphic patterns. She has held solo exhibitions at the Tate Gallery in London, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Serpentine Gallery in London, the Kunsthalle in Vienna and the Contemporary Art Museum in Hiroshima. A retrospective of her works, with eight video installations and two series of photographs, just closed at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
2009 – Zanan bedoone mardan (Women without Men) – In Competition (screenplay, director)

2009 – Silver Lion for Best Director – Zanan bedoone mardan (Women without Men)

2010 – Orizzonti section (President)


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