Shirin Abu Shaqra is born in Doha to a Lebanese father and a Syrian mother. She lived in Beirut, Montreal, Alexandria and Istanbul. She currently resides in Paris.
Shirin received her MFA with honors in 2010 from the Fresnoy, National Studio for Contemporary Arts in France. Before entering the artistic field, she finished a master in History (2004) and a Diplôme d'Études Approfondies (DEA) in Political Science (2006) at Saint Joseph University Beirut (USJ). She worked for eight years as a librarian and a researcher publishing several academic articles at the Centre for Modern Arab Studies (CEMAM - USJ).
In her artwork, she uses History for it's collective memory, music for it's Dionysian effect, and animation for it's distanced wit. Thematically, exile and disembodiment are omnipresent elements, love and kinship a constant concern.
To date, she has made five short films, two mixed techniques video and sound installations. Shirin also does 'musical voyages' for exhibitions and is a member of the research group on Ahmad Fares al Shidyaq http://archive.ceu.hu/afsrp/project-members
She is currently working on her first feature film.