Shirin Neshat - This year's winner of the 01 Award
January 29, the Iranian artist Shirin
Neshat was honored with this year's 01
Award. For the past five years, the University of Art (Universität
der Künste) has bestowed this award – which arose out of a public/private
partnership begun in 1998 between the UdK Berlin and Deutsche Bank/Private
& Business Clients – for outstanding artistic or scientific achievement
in the multimedia field. The interdisciplinary jury's most important criterion
of selection is an unusual contribution to the closer cooperation between
art, science, and private business.
In her videos and photographic
Neshat, known to a wider public at the very latest since her participation
11, examines the image of women in Moslem society following the Revolution
of 1979. Neshat created her first photographic series Women of Allah
between 1993 and 1997, which attracted international attention. In these
photographic works, which include numerous self-portraits as a militant
Moslem woman in a chador, she painted lines of Iranian poetry in Farsi
over the uncovered bodily parts in the photographs, thus offering an image
discourse on the subject of feminism and contemporary Islam.
the late nineties, Neshat has been working primarily with video. While
she previously introduced text as an additional plane in her works, music
and singing have become significant in her video installations as a universal
In her video works Turbulent,
from 1998–2000, Neshat works with stark contrasts and double projections.
In the process, the artist has developed a pictorial language whose forcefulness
seizes the viewer; with a critical and emotional view, she continues her
investigation of the cultural, social, and political situation in Iran,
juxtaposing it with Western social and cultural norms.
The 01 Award
includes an honorary professorship at the UdK. Prior to Shirin Neshat,
Alan C. Kay, Enno Patalas, Frieda Grafe, Nicholas Negroponte, and Brian
Eno received the prize.
Shirin Neshat (m.) is looking forward to the award and the professorship. The president of the UdK Berlin, Prof. Lothar Romain (left), and the representative of the Deutsche Bank, Dr. Klaus Winker, congratulate her. Photo: Mathias Heyde