My work revolves around issues of place, otherness, embodied memory & the performativity of (cultural) identity. The process takes the form of a social event- a performance or a happening. The artwork carries a tension between the personal & the universal & takes different forms: performance, video, photos or text.
Lina Issa is a Lebanese artist who lives and works in Amsterdam. A graduate of the Graphic Design program at the American University of Beirut (2002). Lina left Lebanon for a postgraduate research fellowship in Fine Arts at the Jan Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht (2003-2005). She then earned a Master in Visual Arts from the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam (2006). Since then she has worked, alone and in collaboration with others, in a range of media, to explore tensions between the personal and the universal. As an immigrant to Holland, her performative work is inspired by issues of place, otherness and cultural identity. Using ideas of physical displacement, Lina puts herself in situations that create the conditions for the unfolding of new relationships and real and imagined narratives. In her work, Lina questions the ways we construct and (re)enact our subjectivities.
“Arriving at each new city, the traveler finds again a past of his that he did not know he had: the foreignness of what you no longer are or no longer possess lies in wait for you in foreign, unpossessed places.”
― Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
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Workshops | 2018
> In pursuit of an encounter, a one and a half hour workshop at the THNK Festival, school for creative leadership in Amsterdam. Through my artistic practice and a number of tasks: imagining and reflecting on how empathy and vulnerability could change our working methods and work environment. What does it mean to care for the people we work with and to care for our ‘source and/or target’ groups? Could we learn or teach empathy? What does an ‘inclusive practice’ demand from us? http://www.thnkfstvl.org/
> In pursuit of an encounter, a three hour workshop at ARTEZ studium generale, Kitchen table Conversations on Home.
Facilitator | 2018 – 2017
‘After talk’ of the theater performance Bagdad by Enkidu khaled and Chris Keulemans at Frascati theater, Amsterdam.
‘After talk’ of the dance performance Beytna by Omar Rajeh, Koen Augustijnen, Anani Sanouvi and Hiroaki Umeda, at Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam.
Training course Displaced in Media | Together with Chris Keulemans I had the pleasure of facilitating the one week training for journalists and activists from and/or working with minorities, refugees and marginalised communities to develop trainings, tools, platforms and networks for including their voices in the public and political sector. It is a project by the European Cultural Foundation, and it took place in Amsterdam. http://www.culturalfoundation.eu/media-activism/
Radical Resilience | Why Theatre XL, a talk with two female choreographers about their artistic practice, during the DOTE festival, in collaboration with the university of Utrecht.
After talk of the dance performance Cafe Lethe,with Atefeh Tehrani and the performers of the piece, during DOTE festival, in Stadsschouwburg Rotterdam.
Curator and speaker | 2018 – 2017
Struggle for Freedom | 2 hour breakfast program commemorating ‘Liberation’ day in The Netherlands, 5th of May, at the Tropen museum, Amsterdam..
Imagining Freedom | 2 hour breakfast program commemorating ‘Liberation’ day in The Netherlands, 5th of May, at the Tropen museum, Amsterdam. I curated the program together with Wayne Modest, head of RCMC, and I presented a text titled “The Taste of Freedom”.
Integration day | a two hour breakfast at the Volkenkunde museum, Leiden.
Creating different rituals and a collective speech with and by the audience and presenting a text titled “On Empathy – Creating Home together”. The event was curated by Wayne Modest.
Teaching | Mar 2017
I am invited by the Bildung Academy, Amsterdam, to teach and design part of the module on Identity & Rebellion, exploring relations between the self and others, and imagining and performing acts of rebellion. http://debildungacademie.nl/