Mirna Bamieh explores the politics of disappearance and memory production by unpacking the social concerns and limitations of Palestinian communities amid contemporary political dilemmas. Since 2019 the artist has also been reflecting on the process of fermentation through text, ceramics and video works incorporated into site-specific interactive installations. With a degree in culinary arts, she melds food and storytelling to develop socially engaged work through Palestine Hosting Society, a live art project she founded in 2018. Staging dinner performances and various interventions that draw from food practices as well as the passage of recipes through generations, the project aims to revitalise traditional Palestinian food cultures on the verge of disappearing.
Bamieh has participated in various international exhibitions and festivals, including Tashweesh Festival, Tanzquartier Wien, Vienna (2022); Aesthetics of the Political, Centre for Fine Arts Bozar, Brussels (2021); Where No Wall Remains, LAB Biennial, New York (2019); Qalandiya Palestine (2012, 2014, 2016, 2018); Museum of Fine Arts, Japan (2017); Tokyo Wonder Site (2017); International Film Festival Rotterdam (2017); After the Last Sky, Berlin (2016); Halcyon, Transart Berlin Triennial (2016); Marrakech Biennial (2016); I Spy With My Little Eye, Mosaic Rooms, London; Casa Árabe, Madrid (2015); Exposure 2014, Beirut Art Center (2014); Encounters Film Festival, Bristol (2014); Cork Film Festival, Ireland (2014); and Eye on Palestine Art and Film Festival, Brussels (2014).
She has taken part in several art residencies, including Binz 39, Zurich (2022); The Invisible Dog Art Center, New York (2021); Viernulvier, Belgium (2020); Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Poland (2019); Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan (2016); Maroc Artist Meeting, Marrakech (2016); Art Omi, New York (2015); and Delfina Foundation, London (2012).
Bamieh’s grants and awards include Dr Georg and Josi Guggenheim Foundation Award, Zurich (2022); CEC ArtsLink International Fellowship, New York (2020); The Visible Project Award (long list), Paris (2017); and A.M Qattan Foundation Grant (2012, 2013, 2014).
She obtained a BA in Psychology from Birzeit University, Ramallah (2006) and an MFA in Fine Arts from Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design, Jerusalem (2013). She also participated in Ashkal Alwan Homeworks Study program (2014).
Sharjah Biennial 15 (2023)
Sharjah Biennial 15
Sharjah Biennial 15: Thinking Historically in the Present