Sherko Abbas is a Kurdish-Iraqi artist. He was born in Iran in1978 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 Master in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths College, the University of London in 2015.
He employs the media of video, performance, text, sculpture and sound, his practice dedicated to collective memory, sonic and visual memory, the geopolitical situation of contemporary Iraq. he also interested to observe how war has been absorbed into local culture in Iraq, through music, film, cartoon and children’s toys.
Sherko’s works have been exhibited and screened internationally 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 Louver Auditorium, Paris, FR. Baghdad Mon Amour at the Institut des Cultures d’ Islam, Paris, FR. Vernacularity at Alternativa Festival, Gdansk, Poland. Estrangement at The Showroom Gallery, London, UK.
Current and upcoming exhibitions
Towner International, Towner Gallery 2021
Aashra, Ashkal Alwan online film 2021
Horizon Festival Manchester 2021
Gdansk, Poland group exhibition 2021