Michael Baers is a Berlin-based artist and writer known for his nonfiction comics, drawing and sound projects, and written work. He received his PhD from the Academy of Fine Art Vienna in 2014 and since 2020 is an affiliated researcher at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) in Berlin. Since 2010 much of his work has focused on the fraught relationship between the MENA region and the West. Baers has exhibited his artistic work internationally in many institutions, including the Van Abbemuseum, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, and MAK Frankfurt am Main, and in biennial projects such as the Gothenburg Biennial and Manifesta. He has also contributed to numerous books, journals, and publication projects. His 2014 graphic work, An Oral History of Picasso in Palestine was featured at the Third Berlin Documentary Forum; his book, A History of the Western Sahara Conflict: The Paper Desert, was published last year by Cambridge Scholars.