Sherko Abbas is a Kurdish-Iraqi artist. Born in 1978 in Iran, where his family lived as refugees, Abbas came to Iraq when he was two years old. He graduated from the College of Fine Arts, University of Sulaimani (BA, 2005) and Goldsmiths, University of London (MFA Fine Art, 2015).

In his artistic practice, Abbas uses video, performance, sculpture, text and sound. His work is dedicated to the sonic and visual memory as well as geopolitical situation of contemporary Iraq. He has participated in numerous exhibitions all over the world, including “Estrangement”, The Showroom, London (2010); “Vernacularity”, at the Alternativa International Contemporary Visual Art Festival in Gdańsk, Polan (2015); “Archaic”, the Iraq Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017); “Bagdad mon amour”, Institut des Cultures d’Islam, Paris (2018); “ Speaking Across Mountains”, Middle East Institute, Washington D.C. (2019); “Rencontres Internationales Paris/ Berlin2019”, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2019) and Louvre Auditorium, Paris (2020); “Theater of Operations. The Gulf Wars 1991–2011”, MoMA PS1, New York (2019/2020); May Flames Pave the Way for You at Arsenal Gallery, Poland (2020); Towner International at Towner gallery, UK (2020-2021).

Abbas also works as a curator, organizer and coordinator of cultural events. He curated, inter alia, the project “Sermedy Le 437.072 sq km” (2007) and was the operation manager of the project “Post-war Culture in Iraq” (2010), both at the Amna Suraka Museum, Sulaimani. In 2017, in collaboration with the curator Aneta Szyłak, he researched and coordinated the project “In-between Worlds. Kurdish Contemporary Artists”, resulting in a collection of artworks from over 30 Kurdish-Iraqi artists and a book. The collection is now part of the Imago Mundi collection under the auspices of the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche, Treviso, Italy.


Current And Upcoming Exhibition

recent screening and exhibitions.

Habibi Collective

Film screening at The Station



ArteEast Interview

Artist Spotlight with Sherko Abbas


To read the interview please click here

International Videoart

At Fábrica do Braço de Prata, [Lisbon] 

Organized and developed by Elizabeth Withstandley [US] and Pedro Inock [PT]


NOMUS Nowe Muzeum Sztuki w Gdańsku



curator: Aneta Szy łak

23.10.2021 – 27.02.2022


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


Push Festival 

At Home Manchester 2021 

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



Ashkal Alwan online film    2021

24 January  to 25 February  2021


May Flames Pave Way for You

contemporary Kurdish Art

Arsenal Gallery Power Station- Poland

26 Jun to 9 August 2020 

exhibition virtual walkthrough