Shirin Neshat, is an Iranian born artist and filmmaker whose work addresses the complex social and religious forces shaping the identity of Muslim women. Neshat was recognized for her portraits of women overlaid with calligraphy in the WOMEN OF ALLAH series. She also directed several video installations; among others RAPTURE (1999) and TURBULENT (1998), for which she was awarded the International Award at the 48th Venice Biennale. Her solo museum exhibitions include shows at the Whitney Museum, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Arts, Athens; The Serpentine Gallery, London. Her feature directorial debut WOMEN WITHOUT MEN won the Silver Lion in Venice 2009.