Sherko Abbas is a Kurdish-Iraqi artist. He was born in Iran in 1978 where his family lived as refugees and returned to Iraq when he was two years old. He studied Fine Art in Sulaymaniyah-Iraq and graduated with a Masters in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2015.
He employs the media of video, performance, text, sculpture and sound, his practice dedicated to collective memory and the sonic and visual memory and geopolitical situation of contemporary Iraq. He also interested to Observe how war has been absorbed into local culture in Iraq, through music, film, cartoon, children’s toys and public sculpture.
Sherko’s works exhibited and screened international including Theatre of Operation at MOMA PS1 New York, US. Archaic in the Iraq Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale. May Flames Pave the Way for You at Arsenal gallery, Poland. Towner international at Towner gallery, UK. Speaking Across Mountains at Middle East Institute Washington. DC.US. Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin at the Louvre Auditorium/ Paris,France. Bagdad mon amour at the Institut des Cultures d’Islam/ Paris. France. ‘Vernacularity’ at the Alternativa International Visual Arts Festival in Gdansk, Poland. and ‘Estrangement’ at the Showroom, London, UK.