Dr. Shurooq Amin
Born in 1967 to a Kuwaiti father and a Syrian mother, Dr Shurooq Amin is a Kuwaiti mixed-media interdisciplinary artist and an Anglophone poet whose purpose is to instigate change in society.
She has a PhD in Ekphrasis, the connection between art and poetry, and has been published and anthologized internationally. She has been a guest speaker at various universities, a judge for various events, and has been interviewed by BBC’s Stephen Sackur on HARDTalk (Nov 17, 2014), as well as BBC’s Democracy Day (Jan 20th 2015), making her the first Kuwaiti woman to appear on Hard Talk.
Shurooq has had 13 solo exhibitions, more than 40 group exhibitions, her paintings have been sold at auctions, commissioned privately and publicly, awarded prizes locally and internationally, and shown at biennales and art fairs. A retrospective of her work was featured in the biannual art journal Contemporary Practices: Visual Arts from the Middle East. Shurooq’s poetry has been published into two books to date, in more than 40 literary journals across the globe, and has been anthologized in the Gathering the Tide: An Anthology of Arabian Gulf Poetry by Ithaca Publishers in association with the Virginia Commonwealth University of Qatar.