Shirin Neshat is a contemporary Iranian artist. Born in 1957 in Qazin, she left to study at the University of California at Berkeley, before the Iranian revolution of 1979. Her work centres on ideas surrounding femininity, society and identity and their relation to contemporary Islam. Her Women of Allah series focused on perceptions of Iranian women in their public and private lives, and in 1998 she won the first International Art Prize at the Venice Bienniale for split-screened film Turbulent. Her work has been collected by major art institutions worldwide, including the Tate Modern in London, MoMA in New York and The Walker Art Centre in Minneapolis. Neshat currently lives and works in New York City.