Isshaq Albarbary works at the intersection of social practice, performances, and placemaking. His practice engages the relations between art, statelessness, and extraterritoriality. While at Amant, he will continue his research on the use of culture as espionage and a weapon to increase state surveillance and disciplinary power. By looking at the Israeli “musta’ribin” – the secret Israeli military units – and the Medieval “musta’ribin” of the Iberian Peninsula – a sect within Andalusian society that lived under Muslim rule–, Isshaq explores notions of authenticity, imitation, camouflage, anonymity, normalization, and naturalization.
Albarbary, born in 1988 in Beit Jibrin refugee camp, Palestine, currently lives and works between Amsterdam and Bethlehem. He has shown his work (carried out collaboratively) at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven and the Serralves Museum in Porto. His work has been included in the São Paulo Biennial, the Qalandya International in Palestine, Documenta 14 in Kassel, and the Chicago Architecture Biennial. He was a fellow at BAK in Utrecht and a participant and coordinator of Campus in Camps, an educational program that activated collective critical learning environments in Palestinian refugee camps. Albarbary is a founding member of Al Maeishah, a communal learning environment in which participants explore and practice neighbouring and hospitality as radical political acts.