Born 1983 in Cologne, Germany, Şirin Şimşek studied artistic Photography at the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf, then continued with media art at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne from 2013–2017 with Phil Collins and Johannes Wohnseifer. Her works have been screened at the Julia Stoschek Collection, Kunststation St. Peter, Open Source Festival and Turkish Film Festival, among others. She had recent group and solo shows at Artothek Cologne, The Cologne Biennial, Sammlung Philara, Düsseldorf, and Galerie Patrick Ebensperger, Berlin. In collaboration with Melike Kara she ran the project space Agnes Maybach in Cologne.
Şirin Şimşek is known for her documentary group of works. In an interdisciplinary approach, a series of photographs and an accompanying video are always composed. These works focus on the subject and its political and social environment. Şimşek constantly accompanies the protagonists of her works over a longer period of time, thus creating an intimacy or even providing insights into her own biography through the confrontation with their own identity.