shirin neshat

Crossing Borders: Shirin Neshat

Internationally recognized artist Shirin Neshat came to the US from Iran as a teenager to study. This two-channel video, made following her first trip back to Iran after the Iranian Revolution forced her into exile for over a decade, is a poignant reflection on both the transformation of Iranian society after the Revolution, and the dual mindset created by life in exile. Learn about Neshat and other immigrant artists:

Our digital exhibition “Crossing Borders,” presented as part of our #CitizensBorders initiative, showcases works from MoMA’s collection by artists who immigrated to the U.S., often as #refugees in search of safe haven. Explore all the works #MoMACollection

[Shirin Neshat (b. Iran, 1957). “Rapture.” c.1999. Two-channel video (black and white, sound). Gift of Gwen and Peter Norton. © Shirin Neshat. Courtesy of the artist.]


There’s absolutely a disparity. That’s a statistical fact. Why that is, I don’t really know. I am excited, though, that there are so many wonderful women emerging now and directing.

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman directed by women filmography

Developing dir. Marya Cohn - 1994
New York, I Love You dir. Mira Nair - 2008
Illusions & Mirrors dir. Shirin Neshat - 2013
A Tale of Love and Darkness dir.  Natalie Portman - 2015
Planetarium dir. Rebecca Zlotowski - 2016
On the Basis of Sex dir. Mimi Leder - 20??
Bronco Belle dir. Anna Rose Holmer - 20??