Heba Amin

b. Cairo, Egypt 1980

Email: info@hebaamin.com
Twitter: @hebaamin
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Galeri Zilberman: http://galerizilberman.com/zilberman/heba-y-amin-a304.html


Heba Y. Amin is an Egyptian visual artist, researcher and lecturer. She is currently teaching at Bard College Berlin, is a BGSMSC doctorate fellow at Freie Universität, and a recent resident artist at the Bethanien artist residency program in Berlin. Amin has received many grants, including the DAAD grant and the Rhizome Commissions grant. She is the co-founder of the Black Athena Collective, the curator of visual art for the MIZNA journal (US), and curator for the biennial residency program DEFAULT with Ramdom Association (IT). Furthermore, Amin is also one of the artists behind the subversive graffiti action on the set of the television series “Homeland” which received worldwide media attention.

Amin’s work is embedded in extensive research and a studio practice that looks at the convergence of politics, technology, and urbanism. Working with various media, her work investigates the impact of infrastructure on the human psyche through junctures, glitches and flawed memory. By combining interconnected histories, her approach problematizes the narratives situated in contested territories through the tools used to construct them. She is particularly interested in tactics of subversion and techniques used to undermine systems as well as topics surrounding critical spatial practice. Amin has had recent exhibitions at Kunsthalle Wien, the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, the Kunstverein in Hamburg, Camera Austria, Berlin Berlinale 9th Forum Expanded Exhibition, the IV Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, the WRO 15th Media Art Biennale Poland, the National Gallery of Mongolia, and the Art Museum of Gotland Sweden. She also has an extensive repertoire in public speaking and has published several works. She lives between Berlin and Cairo.

Amin is currently represented by Galeri Zilberman in Istanbul.


Visiting Faculty, Bard College Berlin, Germany
BGSMSC Doctorate Fellow, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany
Artist in Residence, Bethanien Artist Residency Program Berlin, Germany
Visual Arts Curator, Mizna, Minneapolis, USA
Co-Founder, The Black Athena Collective


Post-Graduate Certificate 2010-2012
University of Applied Sciences Berlin (HTW): Media Computing, Berlin, Germany
“Alternative Memorials”, DAAD Grant,
Advisor: Professor Dr. Deborah Weber-Wulff

Master of Fine Art (terminal degree), 2005-2009
College of Design, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Thesis: “Fragmented City: Visualizing the City-Psyche Relationship of Cairo”
Advisor: Steven McCarthy

Certificate in New Media, 2009
Transart Institute, Berlin, Germany

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Drawing/Painting, 2004-2005
Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Apprenticeship in Painting, 2002-2003
Post-Graduate Study under Macalester Professor Christine Willcox
Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota

Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art, 1998-2002
Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota


2016 Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Artist in Residence
2015 “Walking the Line: Art of Border Zones in Times of Crisis” Heidelberg University, Germany
2015 “Getting Lost” with Julie Mehretu, Botin Foundation, Santander, Spain
2014 “Invisible Borders Road Trip 2014: Lagos to Sarajevo” Invisible Borders TransAfrican
Photography Collective, Lagos-Sarajevo
2014 “Resisting the News”, Moviemento/Puruli Kültür Sanat, Ankara, Turkey
2011 “DEFAULT Masterclass: On Art, Cities and Regeneration” Ramdom, Lecce, IT
2011 “Art and Politics” Platforma 11, Leipzig, Germany
2011 “REPlace” PROGRAM, Berlin, Germany
2011 “Workshop with Rana ElNemr” Cairo Image Collective, Cairo, Egypt
2010 “Streets of Cairo” DEDI, Cairo, Egypt
2010 “Workshop with Aras Ozgun” Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt
2005 “Women’s Art Institute” MCAD, Minneapolis, MN
2002 “Creative Community Leadership Institute” Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN


2014 Artraker Artist Prize (short-listed), London, UK
2013 Travel Grant, Cimetta Fund, Lecce, Italy
2010-12 Academic Fellowship “Alternative Memorials” DAAD Stipendium, Berlin, Germany
2009 Production Grant “Rhizome Commissions Program” New Museum, NYC, NY
2009 Book Award “Skipping Stones Honor Award: Multicultural International Awareness category”
2008 Book Award “Middle East Book Award: Youth Non-Fiction category”
2008 Book Award “National Best Book Award: Religion: Islam category”
2008 Book Award “Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards: Moonbeam Peacemaker Award”
2008 Production Grant “Block Grant Fund Graduate Student Grant” University of Minnesota, MN
2007 Production Grant “Latitudes” Mizna Granting Program, Minneapolis, MN
2004 Exhibition Grant “Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Community Arts Grant” Minneapolis, MN
1998-02 Academic Scholarship “DeWitt Wallace Scholarship” Macalester College, St. Paul, MN


2016 PhD selection committee, Art Academy Stockholm, Sweden
2016 Workshop director, “When My Future is Silent”, Darb 1718, Cairo, Egypt
2016 Workshop director, “Urban Poises”, AUC_Lab, Cairo, Egypt
2015 Curatorial Staff, “Extreme Land” Artist Residency, Ramdom, Puglia, Italy
2014 Workshop director, Les Petites Pierres Association, Dakar, Senegal
2013 Curatorial Staff, “DEFAULT13 Masterclass: Art, Cities and Regeneration (Europe and Asia)” Ramdom, Puglia, Italy
2013 Jury, “Disrupt!/Design!/ Competition: Entrepreneurs in the Creative Industry” Cairo, Egypt
2004 Curator, “Mideast-Midwest”, Mira Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota


2016 Contemporary And “Speak to the World”
2016 Status Hour “Art as Interruption: On “Homeland”, Revolutionary Utterances, and Surveilance”, Interviewed by Adel Iskander
2016 Nourrir Magazine “Nourrir Spotlight”: https://issuu.com/nourrirmagazine/docs/nourrir_march_issue_5
2015 The Intercept, Eric Hynes “Interview With Heba Yehia Amin, Caram Kapp, and Don Karl of ‘Homeland is not a Series’”
2015 Slate, Willa Paskin “An Interview With the Graffiti Artist Who Snuck Anti-Homeland Graffiti Onto the Homeland Set”
2015 Al Jazeera, Stephanie Abraham “Homeland hacker challenges media portrayals of Muslims”
2015 Exberliner, Edmund Meinerts “Heba Amin: Graffiti, racism and watermelons”
2015 Porkings Policy Review “Episode 42: The Homeland Hackers”
2015 CBC: “’Homeland is racist:’ Graffiti artists dupe show producers with Arabic tags
2015 Radio Columbia: “Heba Amin, la grafitera que se coló en Homeland”
2015 Sky News: “Graffiti Branding Hit TV Show As ‘Racist’ Gets Past Producers”
2015 CNN: “’Homeland is racist’: Artists hide subversive graffiti in hit TV show”
2015 RBB: Homeland und die arabischen Graffiti
2014 INCIRCULATION Speak2Tweet: Archiving the Egyptian Revolution? Gretchen King
2012 Deutsche Welle Arabic Germany: Young Women of Arab Origins Choose Art as the Language of Expression, Abderrahmane Ammar.
2012 Rhizome Artist Profile: Heba Amin, Yin Ho.
2005 Muslims Weekly Focus on Contemporary Muslim Art-An Interview with Heba Amin, Adrienne Haywood-James.
2005 Minnesota Women’s Press Home is Where the Art is: Arab-American Artists Explore Their Longing for Home, Kelly Westhoff.
2004 Mcubed Magazine Bridging Gaps Artistically. Ayesha Azhar.
2003 Asma Society Desert Rose: Breaking Boundaries with Heba Amin, Mehmet Dede.


2016: Le Monde Afrique “Dak’Art 2016: du chaos surgit une tres belle exposition internationale” Roxana Azimi
2016: rtve Bienal de Marrakech 2016 II: Proyectos paralelos
2016: The New York Times “The Ever-Evolving Typographic Life of the Arabic Language” Michael Rock
2016: Afrique in Visu “Le Terre est un ellipsoide imparfaite”: http://www.afriqueinvisu.org/la-terre-est-un-ellipsoide-imparfaite.html (French)
2015 Full list of “The Arabian Street Artists” Press (‘Homeland’ hack): http://www.hebaamin.com/the-arabian-street-artists-press/
2014 taz.de Berlinale-Reihe „Forum Expanded“: Maschinen sehen Maschinen Simon Rothoeler
2014 Festivalists The Berlinale expanse
2013 Zeit Online Schluckt das Netzwerk Eurer Feinde, Tilman Baumgärtel.
2012 Ahram Online Light in outer space: Egypt’s revolution at Australia’s digital arts festival, Sara Elkamel.
2011 TC Daily Planet Mizna’s Arab Film Fest panel discussion: The politics of art in revolution, Will Wright.
2009 Minnesota Women’s Press Powerful Portraits: Heba Amin gives faces to extraordinary Muslim women, Norma Smith Olson.
2009 The Star Tribune Putting a face on Role Models, Jeff Strickler.
2008 Encyclopedia of Arab American Artists Heba Amin, Fayeq S Oweis.