Shir Cohen (b. 1990, Jerusalem) is a multimedia artist living in London. She is a graduate of the BFA Fine Arts program at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (2015), and the MA Painting program at the Royal College of Art in London, supported by the Clore-Bezalel scholarship.
Shir collects stories and incidents that relate to experiences of oppressed groups, especially Jewish and queer, as part of her own sense of otherness, and life under constant political and personal crises. She weaves, paints, animates, and makes soft sculptures, all relating to her own experiences of being measured and found inadequate. Her research focuses on medical racism and bigotry, which is the main source of imagery in her work.
In 2013 she was awarded the Eileen S. Cooper Award for excellence, and in 2016-2018 participated in the Aesthetics and Bias project, in collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. The resulting work was shown in the final exhibition of the project in the Poznan Municipal Gallery. In London, she has shown her work in the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, Annka Kultys Gallery, FOLD Gallery, and others.Read more