Born in 1984, Baghdad. Lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Urok Shirhan (NL/IQ) is a visual artist whose work explores the politics of image and sound in relation to (national) identity and mediatisation.
Shirhan holds an MA (Hons.) from Goldsmiths University in London and was a Research Fellow at the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW/NIAS) in Amsterdam; Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht and Ashkal Alwan in Beirut. Recent presentations include the 37th Drodesera Festival, Italy; Arnhem Museum of Modern Art; Frascati Theatre, Amsterdam and the 5th Moscow Biennial for Young Art.
Two screens.Two texts. A word-based meditation on the perceived relation to the ‘here’ and ‘there’ as defined by distance and accumulated images.
This work was developed as part of ‘Occupy Baghdad’ (2011-2014), a research project by Shirhan that investigated the political-philosophical consequences of the body of images and cultural products created in reference to the 2003 Iraq War.