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Biography

Born in Lebanon; in 1990, Diana Al-Halabi is a Rotterdam-based visual artist and filmmaker.

Through an intersectional feminist lens, Al-Halabi’s practice departs from the personal to the political and tackles notions such as the patriarchal gaze, institutional violence, bureaucracy, settler colonialism, and the visa regime. Her current research is on "Famine and Hunger Strikes: Decolonizing the Digestive System".

In addition to her artistic practice, she has also been involved in multiple activist initiatives and community projects. With her work, Al-Halabi aims to challenge dominant power structures and create spaces for resistance.

Her works often use moving image, text, performance, and painting as a medium. In 2022, with a crossover to filmmaking, Al-Halabi’s film “The Disaster Cannot Be Contained” was screened in many film festivals, including IFFR, and was awarded as the best short for the national competition at the Beirut Shorts International Film Festival.

Al-Halabi holds an MFA from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam and has completed a one-year fellowship at Ashkal Alwan's Homework space program in Beirut. Her work has been recently exhibited at Garage (Rotterdam), Kiosk (Ghent), Over Het IJ (Amsterdam), and many others.

 

Art Residencies

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

Film Festivals & Screenings

Morocco Shorts International Film Festival - "The Disaster Cannot Be Contained" | May 2023

Offscreen "The Disaster Cannot Be Contained" at Worm Rotterdam | March 2023

International Premiere at IFFR - "The Disaster Cannot Be Contained" | January 2023

Best Short Film Award for the national competition of Beirut Shorts International Film Festival "The Disaster Cannot Be Contained" | December 2022

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

Selected Exhibitions

Garage Rotterdam – "At The Table" - Group show, Rotterdam | April- July 2023

Gemaal op Zuid – "Chewing with Political Teeth" - Solo exhibition, Rotterdam | December 2022

Salwa Foundation Gathering#3 -"Hungry, Hungry Politicians" reading intervention - Framer Framed, Amsterdam | October 2022

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

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 2023

New Radicalisms - Strategies of urgencies, Panel talk, Rotterdam | July 2022

Berlin Korrespondenzen- Break Out, Panel discussion, Gorki Theater, Berlin | June 2022

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

"Living Crisis from a Distance" – Tapestry Making for the earthquake relief fund for Turkey and Syria- Melly & fundraised at Het Nieuwe Instituut | March 2023

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

Grants/ Scholarships

CBK, O&O (Research and Development grant) | 2022

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

Film Review by Rosalino Levantino - "The Disaster Cannot Be Contained" - Biamag Cumartesi 2023

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

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