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Shirhan, Urok


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Urok Shirhan, born in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1984. M.A. in Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths, University of London. Artist / Researcher.

Artist-in-Residence (1 Feb - 30 June 2017)

Xenophones: Strange Sounds

Project Description

This artistic research project considers questions of the ‘voice’ ­– the ways in which it is performed, recorded and made audible – as well as a wider understanding of the ‘tongue’ as relating to language, phonetics, accents and dialects). Underlying the work are notions of displacement and assimilation, understood here both in the sense of geographic migration as well as aesthetic form.

Selected Publications

  1. U. Shirhan, “The Slow Violence of Images: Regarding War and Questions of Responsibility,” M.A. Dissertation, Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths University of London, 2014.
  2. U. Shirhan, “On the Occupation of Images,” in Pedagogies of Disaster. Ed: V.J. Van Gerven Oei  (Brooklyn, New York: Punctum Books, 2013).

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