Urok Shirhan (Iraq/Netherlands) is an artist whose work 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 footage and autobiographic narratives. Her latest body of research considers questions of the voice as well as the tongue as relating to language, phonetics, displacement and assimilation. Another ongoing enquiry looks into the cultural by-products of ‘failed’ political movements and the ways in which these ideological leftovers may be interrogated – and possibly reused – given their (corrupt) past.
Urok holds an MA (Hons.) from Goldsmiths University in London and a BFA from the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. She was a Research Fellow at the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam; Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht, Netherlands and Ashkal Alwan’s HWP in Beirut, Lebanon.
Recent presentations include 38th Drodesera Festival, Italy; AUB Art Galleries, Beirut; 5th Biennial for Young Art, NCCA, Moscow; Frascati Theatre, Amsterdam; Arnhem Museum of Modern Art, NL and Nottingham Contemporary, UK.