Shirin Abu Shaqra



Artist Bio

Multidisciplinary artist, researcher, and filmmaker.
Shirin is born in Doha to a Lebanese father and a Syrian mother. She lived in Paris, Montreal, Alexandria and Istanbul and currently resides in Beirut. Shirin received her MFA with honors in 2010 from the Fresnoy, National Studio for Contemporary Arts in France. Before entering the artistic field, she finished a master in History (2004) and a Diplôme d’Études Approfondies
(DEA) in Political Science (2006) at Saint Joseph University Beirut (USJ). She worked for eight years as a librarian and a researcher publishing several academic articles at the Centre for Modern Arab Studies (CEMAM – USJ).

In 2017 she participates in the Lebanon Factory, a programme that inaugurates the Fortnight section in the Cannes Film Festival. She also just finished What Happens to a Displaced Ant? A 40’ epistolary film inspired by a five months emergency mission with Doctors Without Borders in the Mediterranean. Shirin also does mixed techniques video and sound
installations, ‘musical voyages’ for exhibitions. In her artwork, she uses History for its collective memory, music for its Dionysian effect, and animation for its distanced wit. Thematically, exile and disembodiment are omnipresent elements, love and kinship a constant concern. Shirin is currently working on her first feature film.


Shirin Abu Shaqra . Detail from the installation 'Hayat' . 2013/ re-edited 2018 . Mixed media installation . Variable dimensions


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