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Looking Within, Not Without: The Films of Shirin Neshat

Shirin Neshat
September 23, 2022 -
September 30, 2022


Born in Iran and based in New York, visual artist Shirin Neshat has explored the dualities of diasporic identity as an Iranian woman living in the West across multiple disciplines, including photography, video, theater and film for over 30 years. The focus of a recent career retrospective at The Broad (Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again), Neshat has been featured in solo exhibitions at museums and galleries around the world with her works included in the collections of the Tate Gallery in London, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, to name a few. Intimately linked to her photography and video work is Neshat’s work as a filmmaker. In each of her three feature films to date, directed with her regular collaborator Shoja Azari, Neshat employs the big screen canvas to extend and deeply narrativize her representations of women contesting systems of oppression and control in a variety of spheres. The Archive is thrilled to present this two-night retrospective of Neshat’s feature films beginning with Women without Men (2009) and Looking for Oum Kulthum (2017), both of which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and culminating in the Los Angeles premiere of her latest film, Land of Dreams, with Neshat in person at the Billy Wilder Theater.

Special thanks to our community partner: Farhang Foundation

Programs & Events

Image Title Date and Time Location Buy Tickets
A women on stage singing into a microphone.

Women Without Men / Looking for Oum Kulthum

September 23, 2022 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
A woman surround by sheets of paper in a desert landscape.

Land of Dreams

September 30, 2022 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater