Shirin Abu Shaqra is a Lebanese-Canadian artist and filmmaker. She was born in Doha to a Lebanese father and a Syrian mother. She has lived in Montreal, Alexandria, Istanbul and Cairo, and currently resides between Paris and Beirut.
In 2010 Shirin received her Master of Fine Arts with Honors from the Fresnoy, National Studio for Contemporary Arts in France. Before entering the artistic field, Shirin had obtained a Diplôme d’Études Approfondies (DEA) in Political Science (2006) and a Master of Arts in History (2004) from Université Saint Joseph in Beirut. She worked at the Centre for Modern Arab Studies (CEMAM – USJ) for eight years, researching social and cultural changes in the Arab World and publishing academic articles.
She has produced five short films to date, including the poetic essay Hold On My Glamorous (34’) that won the Best Film Award at the Lebanese Film Festival in 2009. Shirin also composes ‘musical voyages’ for exhibitions. She is currently writing her first feature film Even Donkeys Have Remorse. I think the World of It and Some Body To Love are her first two mixed media video installations.