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Zina Al-Shukri

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Zina Haydar Al-Shukri (b. 1978, Baghdad, Iraq) creates paintings and drawings merging diverse mediums to emphasize the topography of each individual and their environment.

Al-Shukri’s exhibition history includes the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco as well as international exhibitions. She received a BA from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2006 and an MFA from the California College of the Arts in 2009.

Her process takes into consideration the notions of transition, conflicts/hybridity between culture/religion, individuality and shared experience, psychology and social determination, mysticism and technology. Al-Shukri’s portrait practice is seen as giving attention or a psychological 'checking in' to create a space of dialogue, illustrating the relationship between the individual subjects and their experience of social conditions.