USA / IRAN on TOFIFEST: SHIRIN NESHAT, special guest

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Shirin Neshat — winner of the Silver Lion award for best direction in Venice, and one of the most prominent modern art representatives, is coming to Toruń’s Tofifest. Neshat will attend the Polish premiere of her film — Women Without Men — the one that won her the award at Venice Film Festival. It is the first visit of this Iranian-American artist to a Polish film festival.
Galleries both in the USA, and in Europe compete for works of this remarkable, acclaimed all over the world artist. Living in New York, Neshat is one of the first artists who so openly brings into daylight the situation of women in Muslim countries. She does it in a truly skilful way, avoiding aggression, asking tricky questions with unprecedented precision.
Neshat works are an example of rare attempts to examine the essence of Islam, and to translate it into the universal language of art. She started her career rather late — when she was 30 — after a visit to her home country after a 20-year absence, which left her shocked. She is now considered one of the most renowned female contemporary artists. Her very intimate, autobiographical video works were presented at the most prestigious international exhibitions, such as: Venice Biennale, Whitney Biennale, Sydney Biennale, Lyon Biennale, and Kwangu Biennale.
Neshat will arrive in Torun on 29 July 2010. The premiere of her film will take place in Baj Pomorski Theatre, which will be followed by an open meeting and a conference with the artist.