Amal Alhaag is an Amsterdam based independent curator, cultural programmer and radio host with an interest in counter-culture, oral histories and global social issues. Her work explores these themes through both short and long-term collaborations with artists, institutions and audiences. Since 2008, her projects infuse music and art with current affairs, post-coloniality, digital anthropology and everyday anecdotes to invite, stage or examine ‘uncomfortable‘ issues, unknown stories and unwelcome audiences to write, share or compose narratives in impermanent settings.
In 2012, Amal Alhaag acted as curator-in-residence at NODE, Center for Curatorial Studies, Berlin. She previously worked as cultural programmer at the Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam (2009-2012), and as the curator for public programming at the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam (2013/2014). Together with artist Maria Guggenbichler, Alhaag co-founded the Side Room, a discursive platform for art & intersectional theory in Amsterdam.
Amal Alhaag curated the exhibition and project Diasporic Self: Black Togetherness as Lingua Franca at Framer Framed in Amsterdam from 14 December 2018 to 17 February 2019 and from 7 December to 25 January at 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning in London, in collaboration with artist and curator Barby Asante.
In addition, she is currently the artistic director of the contemporary urban culture platform Metro54. From this capacity she contributed to the exhibition BLUEPRINT: Whose urban appropriation is this? (2017) about the relationship between street culture and architecture at TENT, Rotterdam.