Urok Shirhan (1984, Baghdad, Iraq) is a visual artist who studied Fine Arts at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and Goldsmiths’ University of London. In 2012/2013 she was a participant in the Home Workspace Program at Ashkal Alwan in Beirut, Lebanon.
Shirhan’s work examines issues such as identity, migration and (mis)representation. She takes a critical view of the perceived neutral stance of the viewer and questions the freedom of expression and representation. She has recently worked on a research project regarding the mediatisation of the Iraq War, Occupy Baghdad (2012-2014).
Shirhan currently lives and works between London and Amsterdam.