Shirin Neshat was born in 1957 in Qazvin, Iran. Though currently living and working in the United States, Neshat's work explores issues of native Islamic society, particularly the status of women. She uses the specifics of her background and culture to visualize concepts of loss and memory. Many of Neshat's recent pieces have consisted of films presented as dual opposing projections. By standing in the center of the work between the two screens, the viewer is engaged in a visual conversation between the images, eliminating the passivity permitted by traditional cinema situations.
During the year long Commission program, Neshat will work on special effects for her first feature film, Women Without Men.