Adel Abidin was born in Baghdad in 1973. He works with installations, video, and photography. After graduating from the Academy of fine Arts in Baghdad in 2000 with a degree in Painting, he moved to Finland and received an MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, where he is based at the present. His work has been recognised at numerous international exhibitions, including the Finnish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, (2007), and Kiasma (Museum of Contemporary Art), Helsinki, (2010). His work was commissioned for the inaugural exhibition “Told/Untold/Retold” at Mathaf Museum, Doha, (2010) and in 2011, he exhibited his work at the Sharjah Biennale, the Iraqi Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, and held a major show at the Anne De Villepoix Gallery in Paris.