Shadi Habib Allah’s practice ranges from film, sculpture and drawing to installation. While each projects defines its own terms based on research and physical engagement, a common thread is opening up suggestive modes of navigation across circulation networks of people, technologies, objects, images and economy to examine ideas of use and value and the structures that hold them in place.
Born in Jerusalem, Palestine in 1977, Shadi Habib Allah received a BFA from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in 2003 and an MFA from Columbia University in 2010.
Recent solo exhibitions include: Free Rein, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, Scotland (2019); Hammer Projects: Shadi Habib Allah, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA (2018); Put to Rights, The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA (2018); Daga'a, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE (2017); Biscuits and Green Sox Maaike, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York (2017); 30KG Shine, Rodeo, London (2015).
Recent group exhibitions include: Post-Capital: Art and the Economics of the Digital Age, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark (2022); LIAF 2022 - Fantasmagoriana, Lofoten International Art Festival, Norway (2022); Think We Must, düsseldorf photo+, Biennale for Visual and Sonic Media, Germany (2022); Uncommon Grounds, daadgalerie, Berlin (2022); Post-Capital: Art and the Economics of the Digital Age, Mudam, The Contemporary Art Museum of Luxembourg, Luxembourg (2021); Map ≠ Territory, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE (2021); BACA Projects: In Light of the Land and its Shadows, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht (2019); 74 million million million tons, Sculpture Center, New York, USA (2018); Tamawuj, Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE (2017); I can call this progress to halt, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles, CA (2017); Black Box Screenings O Solitude, Beursschouwburg, Brussels, Belgium (2017); House of Commons, Portikus, Frankfurt/Main, Germany (2016); New Museum Triennial, New York, USA (2015); Empire State curated by Norman Rosenthal & Alex Gartenfeld, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy (2013); Frozen Lakes, Artists Space, New York, USA (2013); Nouvelles Vagues, curated by Jason Waite and Antonia Alampi, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2013).
He lives and works in New York.
Artforum asked an international group of artists to select a single exhibition or event that most memorably caught their attention in 2022.
Melissa Gronlund writes on Shadi Habib Allah's U.S. exhibitions.
Julie Neimi reviews Shadi Habib Allah's exhibition at The Renaissance Society in Chicago.
Shadi Habib Allah in conversation with Michael McCanne.
A conversation between Shadi Habib Allah and curator Aram Moshayedi.
Shadi Habib Allah shares his experiences while filming Daga'a and navigating through the desert.
Shadi Habib Allah in the 14th edition of Frieze London's Focus sector.
In videos, soundworks and installations that range in subject from conflict and statehood in the Middle East to the workplace of a Miami auto mechanic, the artist is consistently unsensational in his empathetic presentation of diverse social ecologies.
Curators from influential institutions predict their Frieze London highlights.
Review on Shadi Habib Allah in Surround Audience at the 2015 New Museum Triennial, New York, by Maria Nicolacopoulou.
Shadi Habib Allah's in Surround Audience, 2015 New Museum Triennial.
A signature initiative of the New Museum, the Triennial is the only recurring international exhibition in New York City devoted to early-career artists from around the world.
Daniel Horn speaks about Shadi Habib Allah's practice in the Issue 158 of Frieze magazine.
Stephanie Bailey reviews Shadi Habib Allah's solo exhibition Evacuated Containers.
Shadi Habib Allah in Empire State: New York Art Now, published in conjunction with the exhibition Empire State in 2013.
A review of New York-based Palestinian artist Shadi Habib Allah’s solo show at Green Art Gallery, Dubai.
Frozen Lakes examines the prominence that these artistic strategies have for a generation of artists born after Pictures.
Always unpredictable and with a quicksilver critical focus is Shadi Habib Allah. Jason Waite catches up with the elusive Palestinian artist in New York.
Jennifer Krasinski reviews Shadi Habib Allah's first solo exhibition in New York, where he presented his single-channel video The King and the Jester (2010).
The DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program is a residency program for international cultural practitioners that facilitates and supports creative processes, encounters, and collaborations.
Shadi Habib Allah has been navigating the underbelly of parallel economies and shadow networks for over a decade, producing works that question power from the inside out.