Shirin Abu Shaqra

About

Treasures are best kept when distributed, when possible I will put my sources and archives online.

Historian Researcher | Artist filmmaker | Cultural Worker | Virtual and Augmented Reality Apprentice

Bio

Born in Doha – Qatar to a Lebanese father and a Syrian mother, I lived and worked in Beirut, Montreal, Alexandria, Istanbul, Paris, and Cannes. I am now back to beloved Montreal studying in a Virtual and Augmented Reality programme at Institut Grasset.

in 2010, I finished my Masters of Fine Arts with honors from the Fresnoy, National Studio for Contemporary Arts in Tourcoing, France. Before entering the artistic field, I completed my Masters in History International Relations (2004) and a Diplôme d’Études Approfondies (DEA) in Political Science (2006) at Saint Joseph University Beirut where I worked for eight years as a librarian and a research associate publishing academic articles at the Centre for Modern Arab Studies (CEMAM).

In 2017 I was part of the Lebanon Factory short film programme, opening the Directors Fortnight in the Cannes Film Festival. That same year I wrote, directed, and produced a 42’ poetic essay entitled “What Happens to a Displaced Ant” inspired by some five months’ emergency missions with Doctors Without Borders working as a cultural mediator at sea. Also in 2017, I left Paris to Beirut to work on my first feature film and a solo exhibition both related to the 19th century author Ahmad Fares al Shidyaq. During the Lebanese revolution, economical crisis, pandemic, and explosion I worked with the Workers in Art and Culture, a group born from the revolution and whose aim is to create autonomous ways of art production.

In my artwork, I use 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.

 

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