Alaa Abu Asad
B. 1989 Nazareth, based in the Netherlands


2016 – 2018   Master of Arts, Dutch Art Institute (DAI), Arnhem (NL), supported by Rana Sadik and Samer Younis, and A. M. Qattan Foundation

2009 – 2013   Bachelors of Fine Art in Photography (Cum Laude), Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem

2008 – 2009   Department of Animals Science, Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2007               Graduated High School, St. Joseph High School and Seminary, Nazareth


2022 – 2023   Fellow, TXT department, Gerrit Rietveld Academie (NL)

2020 –            Learning coordinator assistant, Dutch Art Institute (NL)

2018 – 2019   WALTER books in Arnhem (NL)
2017 – 2019   Communication team, Dutch Art Institute (NL)

2015 – 2016   Assistant Curator, Never Part exhibition, The Palestinian Museum (PS)

2013               Assistant Curator, The Long Journey - UNRWA audiovisual archive for Palestine refugees (JLM)

2013               Bezalel Academy Dean of Students Office (JLM)

2011 – 2013   Bezalel Academy Library (JLM)


2022               Timelab, Ghent (B)

2021               Mophradat, Athens (GR)

2021               C. Rockefeller Centre for Contemporary Arts, Dresden (DE)

2019 – 2020   Jan Van Eyck Academy, Maastricht (NL)

2019               Kulturkontakt Austria, Vienna (AT)

2018               Dream Art Institute (with Ulufer Çelik), Arnhem (NL)

2016               UNIDEE – University of Ideas (The Shifting Place), Cittadellarte, Biella (IT)

2014               GAP-Global Art Programme Waiting for Expo 2015, Artegiovane Milano (IT)

2014               Arbeitsgruppe Gästeatelier Krone Aarau (CH)


2022                "فن للحياة": أولوفير تشيليك وعلاء أبو أسعد يشرحان القصة وراء كلمة "طز", BBC News عربي

2022               The triffid’s day has come: designing with invasive plants, Debika Ray, Financial Times

2021               WORDPLAY AS ACTIVISM: Interview with Alaa Abu Asad & Ulufer Çelik, ArtAsiaPacific

2021               Plants, Language and Politics: Victoria DeBlassie in Conversation with Alaa Abu Asad, SUMAC SPACE

2020               عن عمل "حلقة مفرغة" المشارك في معرض الهيمنة على الحشائش في مؤسسة القطّان في رام اللّه
2019               Renouée : une histoire d’invasion, de colonisation, d’épuration, Le Monde
2019               علاء أبو أسعد وأولوفير تشِليك: تأمُّلات في إرث لغوي، العربي الجديد


2022               Under the Tower, artist’s book, Arabic translator, content and copy editor (B)

2021               Moving narratives : Images de Palestine, Dazibao, Montreal | EN:AR translation (CA)

2021               Psychic Refuge, Sophie Hoyle | EN:AR translation (UK & PS)

2018               A hand I wished I’d never touched, Luleå biennal's fourth issue of the Lulu-journal (SE)
2017               The Griefers of Bandung, DAI (NL)

2017               Understanding Territoriality: Identity, Place and Possession, Fabrica et al., Brighton (UK)

2017 –            Mudam, a cooperative online project of rethinking translation (PS)

2022               Onder de Kerktoren, book launch, WARP (B)

2022               Pink Whale, video screening program, Kunsthalle Bratislava (SK)

2022               Wild Summer of Art, Brutus, Rotterdam (NL)

2022               Look Who’s Talking, socially collaborative art project (ONLINE)

2022               Imaginary Borders, Bel Art Gallery, Novi Sad (SRB)

2022               Read the Room, Kaaitheater, Brussels (B)

2022               I love it when translation can be found to agree with our weird desires, the mosaic rooms, London (UK)

2021               Psychic Refuge: Commissions Programme, Forma, London (UK)

2021               Blueprint, Antwerp (B)

2021               Freedom is One: Palestinian-Black Kinship Then, Now and Tomorrow, mpp-DC, Washington (USA)

2021               Toronto Palestine Film Festival TPFF (CA)

2021               Moving narratives : Images de Palestine, Dazibao, Montréal (CA)

2021               Noorderlicht International Photo Festival, Groningen (NL)

2021               Rijnhoutplein Festival: Moedertaal / Beeldverhaal, PrintRoom, Rotterdam (NL)

2021               Language & Plants, sound performance with Alwin Weber, C. Rockefeller Center, Dresden (DE)

2021               Society of Nature, OnCurating Project Space, Zurich (CH)

2021               Tejedora and Japanese knotweed, sound performance with Daniel Godínez Nivón (ONLINE)

2021               Mudam in conversation with Franco "Bifo" Berardi (working title), Dar Jacir, Bethlehem (PS)

2021               Under The Tower (4), The Arab Culture Association, Haifa (PS)

2020               Practice Sharing, language-based artistic research (SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP)

2020               With doors closed artists go viral 2, with Rana Hamadeh, Medrar for Contemporary Art, Cairo (EG)

2020               Future Materials Bank, Nature Research department at the Jan van Eyck Academy (NL)

2020               ACROSS THE WAY WITH..., series of informal readings, Shimmer, Rotterdam (NL)

2020               Weed Control, group exhibition, A. M. Qattan Foundation, Ramallah (PS)

2020               +4(0)800001216, a voice message project (CH)

2020               Reel Palestine Shorts, Cinema Akil, Dubai (UEA)

2019               Smart Culture Conference: Future of Nature, Naturalis, Leiden (NL)

2019               Group Show: B, Belmacz, London (UK)

2019               Nightwatch Maastricht (NL)

2019               Toronto Palestine Film Festival TPFF (CA)

2019               Sleeping with a Vengeance, Dreaming of a Life, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart (DE)

2019               Hidden Bar 2019, Art Basel (CH)

2019               Translocal Scores, Project Space, Vienna (AT)

2019               Transcultural Emancipation, Fluc, Vienna (AT)

2019               Garden opening, #1 The Assembly, philomena+, Vienna (AT)

2019               Home Alone & Oh Parents! Oh Son!, Arnhemse Uitnacht 2019, Arnhem (NL)

2018               We Shall Be Monsters, Ramallah (PS)

2018               Sleeping with a Vengeance, Dreaming of a Life, Institute for Provocation, Beijing (CN); Lítost, Prague (CZ); Yellow Brick, Athens (GR)  

2017               880 m ü. M. Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Palästina, Forum Schlossplatz, Aarau (CH)

2017               Offline,  Up & Coming, Zurich (CH)

2017               Jornal, in the context of DAI Roaming Academy Teaching as a Form of Art, lead by Ruth Noack, Salvador de Bahia (BR)

2017               Erotisch – Offsite show organised by Clementine Edwards, Rotterdam (NL)

2016               OpenGround 2016, workshop for artists and curators, State of Concept, Athens (GR)

2016               Humans from Palestine: The Karimeh Abbud Award, Dar Al-Kalima University College of Arts & Culture, Bethlehem (PS)

2016               Cultural Policy Module, Cultural Management Palestine, Goethe-Institut Ramallah (PS)

2016               Chapter 31:An Odd Piece of Research on the Many Virtues of the Oriental Imagination, P21 Gallery, London (UK)

2015               The Gift - Exhibition & Silent Auction, Al Ma’mal Foundation, Jerusalem (PS)

2015               FROM THE INTANGIBLE TO THE TANGIBLE, Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zurich (CH)

2015               Artists from Nazareth, The House of Culture & Art, Nazareth Orthodox Community Council (PS)

2015               GAP - global art programme waiting for EXPO 2015, La Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan (IT)

2015               Alfilm - Arab Film Festival Berlin (DE)

2014               Love Letters to Mars, Office of Contemporary Art, Oslo (NO)

2014               The Lonely Crowd, Eye on Palestine - Arts and film festival, Pianofabriek, Brussels (B)

2014               Being with/the Other, Bärengasse Museum, Zurich (CH)

2013               5th Cairo Video Festival - Video Art & Experimental Films, Medrar, Cairo (EG)

2013               /Si:n/ Festival, Ramallah (PS)

2013               All the Other Lovers, 98 Weeks/Project Space, Beirut (LB)

2013               Reduction, Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah (PS)

2012               All the Other Lovers, Evagoras Lanitis Cultural Centre, Limassol (CY)

2012               Crestfallen, Beit Al Karma, Haifa (PS)

2011               Open Studio Exhibition, Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah (PS)

2011               Palestinian Film and Queer Identity, Yale University and NYU (USA)


2020               Volumes Book Award 2020, Kunsthalle Zurich (CH)

2019               Publication grant, Mophradat, Brussels (B)

2011               Certificate for Excellence first year of BFA, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design (JLM)


2015               Image : Imagination, Resurrection, Al Ma’mal Foundation, Jerusalem (PS); Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah (PS)

2014               Image : Imagination, Resurrection, Forum Schlossplatz, Aarau (CH)