Bisan Abu Eisheh

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Bisan Abu-Eisheh (1985). He is an M.A. Fine Art holder from Central Saint Martins, 2014. He has obtained his B.A. at the International Academy of Art – Palestine.  He currently lives between Glasgow, London and Jerusalem

He has programmed Hospitalfield’s Summer School: Fieldworks 2016, under the title “Not Every Tent is The Same”, Arbroath, Scotland.

 Selected Group Exhibitions include: Subcontracted Nations, Qattan Cultural Center, Palestine (2018 upcoming). Jerusalem Lives, The Palestinian Museum, Palestine (2017). Don’t You Think It Is Time For Love? MMoMA, Moscow, Russia (2016). Jerusalem Show VIII: Before and After Origins, Jerusalem, Palestine(2016). Greetings to Those Who Asked About Me, CIC Cairo, Egypt (2015). ArtBat Festival, Almaty, Kazakhstan (2015). Too Early, Too Late, Bologna,Italy (2015). Afterimage: Rappresentazioni del conflitto, Galleria Civica di Trento, Italy (2015).Eva International Biennial/Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick, Ireland (2014). Hiwar “conversations in Amman”, Darat Al Funon, Amman, Jordan (2013). Points of Departure, ICA Gallery, London, UK (2013). Arrivals and Departures _ Mediterranean exhibition, Ancona, Italy (2012). The Jerusalem Show on/off Language, Jerusalem, Palestine (2011).  The 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011).

 He has performed in several art events including: Friday Late night at V&A museum, London, UK. Prayers by Dora Garcia, The Jerusalem Show, Al-Mammal foundation, Jerusalem (2009). Hello Jerusalem by Hello Earth Danish group, the Palestinian national theatre, Jerusalem (2009).

 He has worked as an Assistant artist at the Return of The Soul exhibition by Jean Frere, the Palestinian art court (Al-Hoash), Jerusalem (2008). He has worked as an assistant curator for “Gaza Graffiti” project by the Swedish artist Mia Grondahl.

 Selected Residencies includes: Selected Residencies: Culture + Conflict Artist in Residence at the Liddle Hart Colonial archive, Kings Collage, London, UK (2016/17). Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen International Fellowship Program for Art and Theory, Innsbruck, Austria (2015). AIR Antwerpen residency program, Antwerp, Belgium (2014/2015).Hiwar “Conversations in Amman” at Darat al Funon Foundation, Amman, Jordan. (2013). Radio Materiality at Vessel Art Project, Bari, Italy (2013). Points of Departure at The Delfina Foundation(2012),

2016

Guest Lecturer at Glasgow School of Art for the sculpture and environmental arts course, Glasgow, UK.

Guest lecturer part of Friday Lectures Series organised by Maria Fusco, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, UK .

Guest speaker at Why Is There Not More Diversity In The Arts? conference, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK.

Jan 2012-July 2012

Lecturer at Wajdi University College of Technology, Jerusalem.

Bisan Abu Eisheh (1985) is an artist coming from Palestine, where he was born and raised in the city of Jerusalem. Abu Eisheh is using art as a tool to investigate history, society and politics. Working across media, such as video, installations and interventions, with a practice situated both within the gallery space and the public sphere, his work attempts to create a sort of shared awareness for himself as well as his audience about several details lost within grand narratives. Researching through different resources, from conversations and oral testimonies to archives and collected objects he tries to challenge the aesthetics of his artworks in order to bring some facts under the eyes of his viewers. By doing so, his works often aspire to open a dialogue and, perhaps, seek answers related to several topics such as national identity, mobility, migration and socio-political injustice. Abu Eisheh believes that such complex topics often require fragmenting the work into several phases of exploration and experimentation, which eventually leads to the final outcome. He values process as much as production and therefore endeavours to share these processes publicly at various stages before reaching the final project outcome.

For his PhD research, Abu Eisheh is investigating how the political situation resulted by the signing of the Oslo Agreement, between the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the Israeli State, affected on the roles of Palestinian politicizes art practices within the Palestinian context.

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