Working at the intersection of performance, visual arts and critical theory, Shirhan’s practice explores the politics of image, sound and speech in relation to (national) identity. Working mainly with video, performance and writing, her projects are often entangled with found materials and narratives informed by her biography and family history of political migrations. As an Iraqi-born, once asylum-seeker turned ‘new’ Dutch citizen, issues surrounding displacement, identity and belonging are of particular interest. Shirhan is currently a Research Fellow at BAK basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Shirhan holds an MA (Hons.) in Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths University in London and is currently a Research Fellow at BAK basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht.
PS: Urok Shirhan wrote this bio about herself in the third person and is tired of pretending otherwise ︎