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


38th Kassel Documentary Film And Video Festival

KulturBahnhof Kassel    BALi Kinos And Online

18.11.2021    08:00 Pm Screening Of Silence Along The River

More Information Coming Soon.


Push Festival 

At Home Manchester 2021 

27 October 2021 – Brouhaha/ When the Wild Instrument Sing– Noise performance


IIFF 2021

Independent Iraqi Film Festival. 

online from 1 to7 October

4 October 2021- screening of Paper Puppet Testimony


recent screening and exhibitions.


Ashkal Alwan online film    2021

24 January  to 25 February  2021


Towner International

Towner Gallery  

6 October 2020 to 11 April 2021         


May Flames Pave Way for You

contemporary Kurdish Art

Arsenal Gallery Power Station- Poland

26 Jun to 9 August 2020 

exhibition virtual walkthrough