The Ministry of Artistic Affairs
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Shirin Neshat is a globally celebrated Iranian artist living in exile whose photographs and films explore a powerful female perspective of censorship, repression, oppression, power and change in both pre- and post-Islamic Revolution Persia. Her work, which is emotional, gorgeous and deeply spiritual, is particularly relevant today given the radical societal changes sweeping through the Middle East and North Africa. In this video, Neshat speaks at TED and explores the paradox of being an artist in exile: a voice for her people, but unable to go home.

If you enjoyed this video, you might also like street artist JR's recent TED Talk. You can find it here.

By Randy Gladman for The Ministry of Artistic Affairs.