Heba Y. Amin Artworks

As Birds Flying (2016) is a short and lyrical video of swirling storks high above the Galilea desert. Like its sister project, The General's Stork (2016), it is about surveillance and paranoia, based on a 2013 event in which a stork tagged by Hungarian scientists was captured by Egyptian fisherman, who believed it was carrying a spy camera. As Birds Flying alludes to an earlier 1995 film, Birds of Darkness, by Adel Imam, where the dialogue references religious and secular disputes between political candidates in Egypt.

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Walking a Watermelon in Cairo (2016) references the Chinese artist Han Bing's performance Walking the Cabbage in Tiananmen (2000), a walk that challenged the repetitive nature of daily assumptions and the conventional use of a public space. Both alluded to Situationism, Dada, and Surrealism as ambulatory interventions.

Walking a Watermelon in Cairo also nodded to the Arab Spring movement of anti-government protests, and was an anti-technology gesture mocking the technical intricacies of surveillance hardware.

Another project, Operation Sunken Sea (2018) is a parody of techno-utopian fantasies. It proposes the extraordinary notion of draining the Mediterranean Sea and channelling the water to the heart of Africa, thereby merging Africa physically with the Middle East, helping the flow of migration, enabling more employment, and hopefully, too, promoting democratic systems over fascistic ones.

This artist has been involved with other artistic endeavours too, and is a sought-after curator.

The Black Athena Collective was founded in late 2015 by Amin and Dawit L. Petros to attack the Eurocentric bias of landscape discourse and its methodological assumptions. Engaging in political discourse 'connected to the Red Sea region from Eritrea to Egypt,' through multi-disciplinary procedures, it looks at 'dominant territorial logics and constitution of place ... specifically at architecture in relation to errant bodies.'

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Portrait of a Woman with Theodolite I by Heba Y. Amin contemporary artwork photography
Heba Y. Amin Portrait of a Woman with Theodolite I, 2019 Archival pigment print
133 x 100 cm
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Portrait of Woman with Theodolite II by Heba Y. Amin contemporary artwork print
Heba Y. Amin Portrait of Woman with Theodolite II, 2019 Archival pigment print
150 x 200 cm
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Non-Architectural Renderings no. 1 by Heba Y. Amin contemporary artwork works on paper
Heba Y. Amin Non-Architectural Renderings no. 1, 2008–ongoing Pen on archival paper
31.2 x 36.2 x 3 cm
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As Birds Flying by Heba Y. Amin contemporary artwork moving image
Heba Y. Amin As Birds Flying, 2016 HD video, 7 min 11 sec
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A Refraction of Histories by Heba Y. Amin contemporary artwork sculpture
Heba Y. Amin A Refraction of Histories, 2018 Iron, powder coated
200 x 65 x 6 cm
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Vision is One of the Senses by Heba Y. Amin contemporary artwork sculpture
Heba Y. Amin Vision is One of the Senses, 2016 Iron, powder coated
110 x 120 x 6 cm
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Non-Architectural Renderings 28 by Heba Y. Amin contemporary artwork works on paper
Heba Y. Amin Non-Architectural Renderings 28, 2014 Pen on paper
19.5 x 23.5 x 2.5 cm
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Non-Architectural Renderings 23 by Heba Y. Amin contemporary artwork works on paper
Heba Y. Amin Non-Architectural Renderings 23, 2015 Pen on paper
19.5 x 23.5 x 2.5 cm
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Non-Architectural Renderings 21 by Heba Y. Amin contemporary artwork works on paper
Heba Y. Amin Non-Architectural Renderings 21, 2014 Pen on paper
19.5 x 23.5 x 2.5 cm
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Non-Architectural Renderings 1 by Heba Y. Amin contemporary artwork works on paper
Heba Y. Amin Non-Architectural Renderings 1, 2011 Pen on paper
19.5 x 23.5 x 2.5 cm
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Non-Architectural Renderings 5 by Heba Y. Amin contemporary artwork works on paper
Heba Y. Amin Non-Architectural Renderings 5, 2009 Pen on paper
19.5 x 23.5 x 2.5 cm
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The Observation Pillar - Nouadhibou, Mauritania by Heba Y. Amin contemporary artwork photography
Heba Y. Amin The Observation Pillar - Nouadhibou, Mauritania, 2016 Black and white archival print
80 x 120 cm
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Portrait of Woman as Dictator I by Heba Y. Amin contemporary artwork print
Heba Y. Amin Portrait of Woman as Dictator I, 2018 Archival black and white print
80 x 63 cm
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Vision of the Sea I by Heba Y. Amin contemporary artwork sculpture
Heba Y. Amin Vision of the Sea I, 2018 Crema laguna stone
43.5 x 38.6 x 150 cm
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