b. Cairo, Egypt 1980
Email: info@hebaamin.com
Twitter: @hebaamin
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Zilberman Gallery: http://zilbermangallery.com/

The Last Colony

Heba Y. Amin is an Egyptian visual artist, researcher and lecturer. She is currently teaching at Bard College Berlin, is a BGSMCS 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.

Heba Amin’s work is embedded in extensive research and a studio practice that looks at the convergence of politics, technology, and architecture. Working with various media, her work investigates the impact of infrastructure on the human psyche through junctures, glitches and flawed memory. Her work highlights and engages with narratives of national sovereignty, often in contested territories and especially questions methodological assumptions embedded within Western historiography. She is particularly interested in tactics of subversion and other techniques used to undermine systems as well as topics surrounding critical spatial practice.

In her recent projects she has addressed the politics of landscape, using measuring and surveillance tools to place contemporary stories of migration in a context of technological advancement and urban development. Through her work she puts modern migration in the wider historical context of landscapes that have witnessed centuries of migratory paths. Her work is “a response to this kind of exoticization and gourmandizing, such a reclamation of the physical and psychological territory of the region is inherently a political as well as an aesthetic act. One could even regard it as a kind of sociocultural audit: using the tools of science to reveal the presence of subjectivity itself,”[1]

[1] Kherbek, William. “Heba Amin in Berlin: Technologies of vision and concealment in the construction of landscape.” Mada Masr, 28 Feb. 2017. Web. 02 June 2017.

Amin has had recent exhibitions at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin, Kalmar Art Museum Sweden, La Villette Paris, FACT Liverpool, 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, and the WRO 15th Media Art Biennale Poland. She also has an extensive repertoire in public speaking and has published several works. Amin lives between Berlin and Cairo.

Amin is currently represented by Zilberman Gallery in Istanbul and Berlin.


Lecturer, Bard College Berlin, Germany
Doctorate Fellow, BGSMCS, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany
Visual Arts Curator, Mizna, Minneapolis, USA
Curator, Ramdom Association, Italy
Co-Founder, The Black Athena Collective


DCRL Fellow 2017
Centre for Digital Cultures, Leuphana University, Luneburg, Germany

Doctorate Fellow 2016-present
Art History, BGSMCS, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany

Post-Graduate Certificate 2010-2012
University of Applied Sciences Berlin (HTW): Media Computing, Berlin, Germany

Master of Fine Art (terminal degree), 2005-2009
College of Design, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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 “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


2017 Shuttleworth Foundation Flash Grant
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


2017 Curator, DEFAULT17 “Extreme Land” Artist Residency, Ramdom, Puglia, Italy
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 Curator, DEFAULT15 “Extreme Land” Artist Residency, Ramdom, Puglia, Italy
2014 Workshop director, Les Petites Pierres Association, Dakar, Senegal
2013 Curator, “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


2018 Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig (Expanded Cinema)
2016 Utrecht School of the Arts
2016 School of the Art Institute in Chicago (Parlor Room)
2016 Staedelschule, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Frankfurt