Amal Alhaag is an Amsterdam-based curator, researcher and co-initiator/facilitator of several initiatives, including Metro54, a platform for experimental sonic, dialogic and visual culture and the Side Room: a room for eccentric practices and people together with dear friend and artist Maria Guggenbichler (2013-2016). Amal develops ongoing experimental and collaborative research practice, public programs and projects on global spatial politics, archives, colonialism, counter-culture, oral histories and popular culture.
Her projects and collaborations with people, collectives initiatives and institutions invite, stage, question and play with ‘uncomfortable’ issues that riddle, rewrite, remix, share and compose narratives in impermanent settings. Amal is currently part of the curatorial team of the quadrennial
sonsbeek2020-2024 in Arnhem, Netherlands; senior research & public programmer at the Research Center for Material Culture, Netherlands and curatorial and research fellow at Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar.
Since 2015, Amal has developed an ongoing collaboration with Framed Framed and (befriended) artists, organisers, curators/cultural producers, academics, activists and organisers on programs that range from gatherings to group shows, film screenings and parties.
In collaboration with artist and curator
Barby Asante, Amal Alhaag co-initiated the ongoing collaborative project (2019/2019) at Framer Framed in Amsterdam and at 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning in London. As part of the Metro54 team, she worked together with curator Diasporic Self: Black Togetherness as Lingua Franca Rita Ouédraogo on (2021), a multidisciplinary take-over at Framer Framed in Amsterdam. A Funeral for Street Culture
10 Jun – 8 Aug 2021
Project: A Funeral for Street Culture A group project by Metro54 and Rita Ouédraogo hosted by Framer Framed
14 Dec – 17 Feb 2019
Exhibition: Diasporic Self - Black Togetherness as Lingua Franca A project initiated by Amal Alhaag and Barby Asante
11 Feb – 14 Feb 2016
Exhibition: El Órgano Oriental Een presentatie met werk van Antonio Jose Guzman en een live interactief programma, onder de titel Water No Get Enemy, samengesteld door Amal Alhaag
17 Feb 2019
Finale Diasporic Self: Black Love Letters & Manifestos An event celebrating the final day of Diasporic Self: Black Togetherness as Lingua Franca.
7 Feb 2019
Diasporic Self: Lexicon of Black Poetics This event offers space for (performative) readings that peel away, show, uncover the layers and complexities of black poetics of the everyday.
2 Feb 2019
Diasporic Self: Caring as Lingua Franca - Fiction & Myths of Black Womxnhood An evening programme i.c.w. Dipsaus podcast.
24 Jan 2019
Citizenship & Cultural Production #1, Co-creation and the Commons The first session as part of public programme Broadcasting from Babylon
21 Jan – 15 Mar 2019
Educational series: Broadcasting from Babylon On intersectional feminist, queer, and anti-colonial embodied, listening and sounding practices.
13 Dec 2018
Opening: Exhibition Diasporic Self: Black Togetherness as Lingua Franca A project by Amal Alhaag and Barby Asante.
24 Nov 2018
Diasporic Self II: Dancing as lingua franca (a gathering in progress) An event in light of Amsterdam Art Weekend 2018, with Hannah Catherine Jones, Ogutu Muraya, Amal Alhaag and Barby Asante.
15 May 2018
Pedagogies of Violence, Pedagogies of Care Part of 'Moving Together: Activism, Art and Education - A Week with Angela Davis'. Hosted by Amal Alhaag & Maria Guggenbichler.
17 Oct 2017
Pedagogies of the Opaque (I): Black Schools: Learning for and by Black Futures The first gathering in a series of public research events for, with and about ex-centric cultural, communal and collective practices and thinking.
24 Jun 2017
Symposium: Declassified - How to Un/Engender the Ethnographic Object? On the (historical) construction of gender and sexuality within the ethnographic collecting practices of museums.
19 Aug 2016
Filthy Mouth, Dirty Politics #2 An 'anti-conference conference', experimenting with transgressive speech acts, filthy, vulgar language, radical feminism and digital (non) spaces.
11 Feb – 14 Feb 2016
Framer Framed at Art Rotterdam 2016 As part of the Intersections area, a stage for young talent in contemporary art.
28 Nov 2015
Mining, Memories and the Body: An evening with a.o. Melanie Bonajo Addressing the politics and poetics of changing industries, such as mining.
11 Oct 2015
Diasporic self: sound as lingua franca The closing event to the exhibition 'Ancestral Blues'.
1 Sep 2015
In Dialogue II: Questioning the explorer With a historical re-enactment by performing artist Xenson Znja.
25 Aug 2015
In Dialogue I: Deciphering and Reclaiming Histories Artist talk with collaborating artists Papa Shabani and Xenson Znja.
16 Jul 2015
Filthy Mouth - Dirty Politics Experimental conference on the relationship between vulgar language, radical feminism.
23 Jun 2015
VENUS: the anti-hero hero An interactive programme that explores the historically violent imageries surrounding Venus.
23 Jun – 21 Jul 2015
Perspectives Public encounters in the context of the exhibition Embodied Spaces.
21 Jun 2015
Talkshow De Dissident/Mag Het Licht Aan festival Talkshow in de context of the exhibition 'Embodied Spaces' with Amal Alhaag, Molemo Moiloa, Evan Ifekoya, Arsham Parsi and CB Berghouwer.