Inas Halabi (b.1988, Palestine) is an artist working predominantly with film. Her practice is concerned with how social and political forms of power are manifested and the impact that overlooked or suppressed histories have on contemporary life. She holds an MFA from Goldsmiths College in London and recently completed a two year residency at De Ateliers in Amsterdam. In 2016, she was awarded first prize for the A.M. Qattan Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year. Recent exhibitions and screenings include the Mosaic Rooms, London (2019); TENT, Rotterdam (2019); De Ateliers, Amsterdam (2019); Silent Green Betonhalle, Berlin (2019); Smith College Museum of Art, USA (2018); Alte Fabrik, Rapperswil (2018); al-Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem (2017); OFF-Biennale Budapest (2017), and the 13th Sharjah Biennial’s Offsite project, Shifting Ground (2017). She lives and works between Palestine and the Netherlands.
Inas Halabi would like to develop research (for new work) that will survey the landscapes of New Orleans and the broader south to trace the political violence, both of the past and present, possibly taking the banks of the Mississippi River as a starting point. She borrows Masao Adachi’s fukei-ron (landscape theory) which posits that the filming of everyday landscapes can reveal the structures of oppression that underpin one’s socio-political environment. Rather than to use a script or a traditional method of narration, she plans to trace the history of the south through every day (filmed) observations.