Nadia Shihab is an artist, filmmaker and musician. Raised in west Texas by Iraqi and Yemeni immigrant parents, she creates work that explores questions of home and its absence to forge new ways of rendering personal and collective history. Her films are marked by their intimacy and often explore feminist narratives of dislocation and transformation.
Nadia’s music and compositions have been commissioned for films aired on public television and her largely improvised performances often build from simple elliptical rhythms into dense and dark atmospheres streaked with melodic phrasing. Trained as a violinist, she now performs primarily with hardware electronics.
Her work has screened in festivals and galleries internationally, including Cinema du Reel at the Centre Pompidou, the Walker Art Center, the Dubai International Film Festival, and the Arab American National Museum, among others. Nadia holds a Master of City & Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley, was a Fulbright Scholar to Turkey in 2005, and is currently a Firelight Media Documentary Lab Fellow. She lives and works in Oakland, California.