Biography:

Born in Lebanon; in 1990, Diana Al-Halabi is a Rotterdam-based Artist. She pursues an interdisciplinary practice, with a focus on moving image, text, performance, and painting. Al-Halabi’s artistic practice is a continuous protest against hierarchical and patriarchal systems of oppression. Her works often seek to shift grounds and scale down the oppressor through visual language. Through an intersectional feminist lens, Al Halabi’s practice departs from the personal to the political and tackles notions such as patriarchal cognitive anthropometry, institutional violence,  disabling bureaucracy, settler colonialism, and the visa regime.

Al- Halabi Holds an MA in fine arts from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam and has completed a one-year fellowship at Ashkal Alwan's Homework space program in Beirut. 

 

Art Residencies

RIB - Summer Lab Residency, "The Vertical and Its Reverse" | August 2022

Selected Exhibitions

Over Het IJ festival- Zee Container Programma- film premiere, "The Disaster Cannot Be Contained كان يمكن أن لا أكون" | July 2022

Material Context, PZI Graduation show at Het Archief, Rotterdam | July 2021

Print & Play in collaboration with Boijmans Museum, online | May 2021

ArteEast Trilogy exhibition, online | February 2021

Galerie De Jaloezie - FilmHuiskamer, Rotterdam | December 2020

Growing space solo exhibition, Rotterdam | October 2020

Open Studios Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam | February 2020

Open Studios Ashkal Alwan- Beirut | July 2018

Sursock Museum Salon D’Automne- Beirut | November 2016

Performances:

"The Last Supper or a Class In History" Performance at IDFA FILM FESTIVAL | November 2021

"Holding Palestine" 7 days performance at PZI | June 2021

Screenings/ Festivals:

W139, "On Scales of Violence: How to Measure a Dictator? [Interrupted]" film, Amsterdam | March 2022

Videoranjersey "Contemporary video art from the Netherlands", "Aspect Ratio" film, Jersey Art Center, Jersey | January 2022 

Cairo Video Festival, "Aspect Ratio" film, Cairo | October 2021 

Shasha Movies: Women's Revolt program - "Aspect Ratio" film | May 2021

Published Essays/Articles

Striking Normativity: The Art of Being Surprised - Sarmad Magazine | 2022

Rape culture, Language, and Marwan Habib- Raseef22| 2022

The Pandemic That Travels Through Time- Medium| 2020

The Lebanese Government is Failing to Graduate- Medium| 2020

Lectures/ Guest Speaker

Guest speaker at VU University- Amsterdam | January 2022

Guest Lecturer at WDKA University- Rotterdam | October 2021

Guest Lecturer at WDKA University- Rotterdam | March 2021

Workshops

The Mental Over-Stretch: Living Crisis from a Distance#1 - Kunst Instituut Melly- Rotterdam | March 2021

The Mental Over-Stretch: Living Crisis from a Distance#2 - Kunst Instituut Melly- Rotterdam | April 2021

The Mental Over-Stretch: Living Crisis from a Distance#3- Kunst Instituut Melly- Rotterdam | April 2021

 

Education

Masters in Fine Arts at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, The Netherlands | 2021

Fellow resident at Ashkal Alwan Homework Space Program, Beirut, Lebanon | 2018

Bachelor in Interior Architecture at The  Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon | 2011

Scholarships/Grants

Van Beek - Donner Stichting | 2020

Schuurman Schimmel  - Van Ouderen Stichting | 2020                       

Bekker -la Bastide -Fonds | 2020

Al Mawred (Culture resource) | 2020

Sultan Al Qassimi (Barjeel Art Foundation) | 2019-2020

Holland Scholarship | 2019

Philipe Jabre Scholarship | 2019

APEAL scholarship | 2019

Ashkal Alwan support grant | 2019

(A very sincere appreciation to all the foundations above that supported my studies, and very warm gratitude to the individuals who privately helped finance  my masters in the Netherlands)

Awards

Symbio Jury Honorable mention- Oerol Festival - Project "Do We Eat For Granted?"

Press/Interviews

Article by Alyxandra Westwood- How Student-led Initiatives Are Changing The Institutions From Within- Metropolis M| 2021

Article by Iman Ganji- Protesting settler colonialism in the neoliberal university- Roar Magazine | 2021

Article by Jonas Staal - WERELDEN DIE KUNNEN ZIJN - OVER PROPAGANDA(KUNST) IN NEDERLAND- Mister Motley | 2021

Article by Zyna Al Saleh - Netherlands art institute cracks down on free speech for Palestine — and seizes watermelon banner - Mondoweiss | 2021

Article by Mechteld Jungerius -  Protest studenten van Piet Zwart Instituut om verwijdering Free Palestine banner- Vers Breton | 2021

Article by Mona Alami-  Diana Halabi. La briseuse de tabous- Magazine Le Mensuel | 2019

Article by zéna Zalzal -Salon d’automne 2016 : du sang neuf... dans la continuité - L' orient-le jour | 2016