Shirin Abu Shaqra received her MFA with honors in 2010 from Le Fresnoy, National Studio for Contemporary Arts in France. Before entering the artistic field, she studied History and Political Science at Saint-Joseph University Beirut. She worked for a decade as archivist, librarian and researcher, publishing several academic articles. In her artwork, she uses History for its collective memory, music for its Dionysian effect, and animation for its distanced wit. Thematically, exile and disembodiment are omnipresent elements, love and kinship a constant concern. Her filmography includes: WHAT HAPPENS TO A DISPLACED ANT? (2017), SULAYMA (2014), CONVERSATIONS WITH CHANGES (2010), HOLD ON MY GLAMOROUS (2009), WALKING DISTANCE (2008), SABRA'S BARRELS (2007). In 2017 she took part in the Lebanon Factory, which includes four short films to create one feature to open the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at Cannes Festival.